Lansley backs PPP for health

9 July 2012 Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has admitted the government will use a version of the PFI model to deliver future hospital projects.
Speaking in the wake of the furore around the financial collapse of South London Healthcare NHS Trust, Lansley told the Birmingham Post that it is unlikely any future hospitals will be entirely publicly funded.

“It is perfectly clear that if you want to build a hospital, nobody is going to go back to the days when it was done as a public sector project. It is going to be done by the private sector,” Lansley said.

Referring to the ongoing PFI review, the minister said a more flexible approach to the long-term contracts could be introduced in the future.

“There is quite a big argument for thinking differently about the way we do PFI, which is why the Treasury are thinking about that,” he continued.

“But I don’t think anyone is imagining that at the end of it, it would cease to be a public-private partnership.”

Lansley has been one of the government’s strongest critics of PFI since coming to power, rejecting the procurement route for his rollout of new cancer services and for the large Watford Health Campus. He has also blamed the model for saddling the health service with large debts.

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17 September 2014.

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