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Secrecy around PFI projects should be lifted

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:652
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Extensive secrecy surrounding private finance initiative (PFI) projects in the NHS should be lifted and an independent regulator appointed to review costs, according to a new report.

    The report, which warns of expensive implications of the PFI for the NHS, says that the level of protection given to private investors and their investments in long term contracts is probably unique to the United Kingdom.

    It warns too that the go ahead for new major projects is now seen as hingeing more on whether they can attract private funding than on need. “Over £7000m has been committed to the development and management of major NHS assets by means of PFI contracts on the basis of virtually no evidence as to the likely impact on long term service delivery. Is there …

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