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Private sector is losing interest in PFI projects

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1042
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    The British private sector's enthusiasm for involvement in NHS private finance initiative (PFI) schemes is waning, a survey shows.

    In responses to the survey, NHS staff at trusts that have a PFI scheme say that the number of bids from the private sector has fallen dramatically over the past eight years.

    Early findings from the survey, conducted by the Future Healthcare Network, a section of the NHS Confederation (which represents NHS organisations), indicate that the process of agreeing PFI schemes takes too long and needs to be updated to make it more effective.

    The network surveyed and got responses …

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