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NHS PFI debts rising by 5pc a year

Taxpayers are paying five per cent more per year for hospitals built under Labour’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) because the debts are linked to inflation.Currently the combined debt for some 800 PFI projects, including 103 PFI hospitals in England, stands at about £300 billion, according to makers of the programme. When a BBC Panorama programme […]

NHS reform Bill survives fatal Lords vote

Controversial reforms to the NHS have avoided a potentially “fatal” delay in the House of Lords, to the relief of ministers.Amid deep concern in the medical profession and among many members of the public, some peers had tried to have the Health and Social Care Bill thrown out or subjected to detailed scrutiny that would […]

Dismantling NHS IT computer scheme could cost more money

Dismantling Labour’s disastrous £12 billion NHS IT programme may cost taxpayers more than keeping it going.Ministers announced on Thursday that they will speed up the scrapping of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT)  after a review concluded “there can be no confidence that the programme has delivered or can be delivered as originally conceived”. It […]

NHS hospitals crippled by labour’s PFI scheme

Patient care is under threat at more than 60 NHS hospitals which are “on the brink of financial collapse” because of costly private finance initiative schemes the Health Secretary warns.Andrew Lansley says he has been contacted by 22 health service trusts which claim their “clinical and financial stability” is being undermined by the costs of […]

Midwife shortages in England risking lives

Parts of England are facing big midwife shortages putting mothers and babies at risk midwives have warned.The Royal College of Midwives says a 22% rise in births over 20 years has led to shortfalls across England, but some areas are worse than others – it highlights the East Midlands and East. The RCM wants 4,700 […]

NHS hospitals needed £200 million in bailouts and loans

England’s NHS hospitals needed at least £200 million in bailouts and loans as they struggled to balance their books while also meeting tough savings targets, according to a spending watchdog.The Audit Commission said nine NHS trusts “failed to achieve financial balance” and many more applied for extra funding from managers and the Government, although overall […]

Labour own goal on postcode lottery claims

Deprived areas in England will lose out to affluent parts of the country under health spending reforms Labour has claimed- despite repeatedly creating those same postcode lotteries when they were in power. Changes to funding formulas means poor health rates will be given less consideration when cash is allocated, the party said. It suggested areas […]

Killer quango NICE unveils new money saving tool

Killer quango NICE- The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure has launched a new online money saving tool – NICE Pathways – that pulls together connected National Health Service guidance into one easy-to-use resource. For the first time, doctors and commissioners will be able to view and navigate all of NICE’s separate sets of recommendations that […]

Labour left taxpayer £60 billion PFI bill for new hospitals

The last Labour government left taxpayers with a £60 billion PFI bill for the scores of new hospitals it built during its 13 years in power, new figures reveal. They shine a fresh light on the profligacy of the party’s use of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes. Labour ministers only paid £5 billion of the […]

Casualty units shut to pay for labour’s private finance hospital contracts

NHS trusts are closing accident and emergency departments to help pay for hospitals built under Labour’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) an investigation by The Daily Telegraph has found. Since 2007, more than a fifth of England’s hospital trusts with active PFI hospitals have closed casualty departments, or published proposals to do so. In the same […]