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BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 09 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e923

Trusts are given access to PFI bailout fund: Seven hospital trusts in England with debts that are partly caused by private finance initiative repayments are to have access to a £1.5bn (€1.8bn; $2.4bn) government bailout fund over the 25 year course of the contracts. Without the fund, services at the trusts—Barking, Havering and Redbridge; St Helens & Knowsley; South London; Peterborough and Stamford; North Cumbria; Dartford and Gravesham; and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells—would be at risk, said the Department of Health.

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