UK's PFI (private-finance initiative) hospital programme under attack from government ranks
This article was originally published in Clinica
The UK government is under growing pressure to review its privately-financed hospital modernisation programme. At the annual conference of the governing Labour Party, held this week under the motto "schools and hospitals first", a debate on the issue resulted in a comprehensive rejection of the policy. Delegates overwhelmingly backed union calls for a moratorium and an independent review of the private-finance initiative (PFI) programme, amid concerns primarily over its longer-term financial implications.