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Hospital PFI project went ahead despite warnings

A hospital now losing £44 million a year was allowed to go ahead with a private finance deal to build new premises despite the Government being warned that the project was unsustainable.A report, commissioned by the hospital regulator, Monitor, reveals that strong concerns were raised that Peterborough Hospital would not have the money for the […]

NHS is paying for Labour’s dodgy deals

The NHS faces huge costs because of flaws in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts agreed by the previous administration.Yesterday afternoon, the Queen opened the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen. She will doubtless have been impressed: the facility, the first to be built in Northern Ireland for more than a decade, is a gleaming shrine […]

A scandalous waste of money in the National Health Service

The public want taxes to be spent on patient care, not paper-shuffling- Telegraph Editorial.The astonishing levels of pay for agency doctors employed by the NHS, revealed in our investigation, provide further evidence of how dysfunctional the health service bureaucracy has become. Nor do these findings suggest that the EU Working Time Directive, limiting doctors’ working […]

Scandal of NHS production line as readmissions soared under labour’s red tape

The number of NHS patients who have to undergo emergency readmission to hospital within a month of being discharged has increased by more than three quarters over the last decade, the Daily Telegraph has disclosed.Hospitals have been accused by ministers of treating patients “like parts on a production line” after official figures suggested that hundreds […]

New 60 step plan for the NHS by Andrew Lansley

Andrew Lansley has called on the NHS to focus on “what really matters” as he prepares to announce plans to judge hospitals and doctors against 60 new goals that are designed to save more than 20,000 lives a year.The Health Secretary has unveiled a new system to assess success in the health service based on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Weight Watchers twice as effective as nanny state advice for obese

Obese patients who enrol on commercial programmes such as Weight Watchers lose twice as much weight as those just given advice by the nanny state and doctors research suggests. A paper in the The Lancet found that overweight people who spent a year attending group meetings, being weighed regularly and following diet tips lost an average […]

NHS to abandon £12 billion IT project as a labour failure

The Department of Health should consider abandoning the disastrous £12 billion NPfIT project to computerise all patients’ medical records according to a powerful group of MPs.The integrated electronic care records system was a central part of Labour’s £12 billion National Programme for IT (NPfIT). The Public Accounts Committee says that although £2.7bn of taxpayers’ money […]