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Commission publishes damning report on first PFI hospital

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:520
  1. Debashis Singh
  1. London

    Britain's first hospital built with private finance “lacks leadership, direction and planning” according to a damning report published last week by the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI).

    Nick Wood, the chief executive of the North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, resigned a few days before the report was published.

    The trust was established in April 2001 after the merger between the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. Cumberland Infirmary had been opened in April 2000 by Prime Minister …

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