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Three hospital PFI schemes are delayed while government looks at their cost

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:196
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Several private finance initiative (PFI) schemes for hospitals are likely to be reviewed as the UK government becomes increasingly worried about the financial state of the NHS.

    In what is seen as a test case of the government's resolve to cut back in a financially tight NHS, a last minute review was due to report—as the BMJ went to press—on the proposed £1.2bn ($2.1bn; €1.8bn) PFI scheme to refurbish St Bartholomew's and the Royal London hospitals.

    The review of the affordability of the scheme was initiated by the Department of Health and the Treasury just before Christmas. This was despite initial approval from North East London Strategic Health Authority and nearby primary care trusts for the scheme.

    An agreement was due to be signed with the developer around the time the review was announced, and builders are on site ready to start work.

    Two other PFI schemes, …

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