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PFI contributes to large deficits of Scottish health boards

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1238
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Money will have to be diverted from patient care throughout the United Kingdom to pay for hospitals constructed under the government's controversial private finance initiative (PFI), a report from the University of Edinburgh has warned.

    It says that the schemes (now known as public-private partnerships) are already a key factor in NHS deficits and that this problem will escalate as more of these projects are completed. Under PFI, the private sector builds and pays for new hospitals and other healthcare facilities. In return, the NHS pays an annual charge to the private sector—often for 30 years or more.

    The study …

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