» Wednesday, June 7, 2006


Asked to respond to claims by Dr. Miller that the Private Finance Initiative was wasting the NHS’s money and that there was too much money spent on consultancy, the PMOS said that we should be clear what Dr. Miller had said. He had said that it was important to recognise improvements, that the Government deserved credit for the extra money being put into the NHS, and that the deficit issue was not a crisis. The facts were that there had been 81 new hospitals opened since 1997, as a result of the PFI initiatives. Two Hundred & Fifty Thousand people had been treated in independent treatment centres. Furthermore if you looked in detail at Sir Ian Carruthers’ report today he talked about an NHS which was improving greatly. That did not mean that it was perfect, it meant that the investment had resulted in real change. You could see that, whether you looked at the figures for heart operations, cancer treatment or A&E waiting times. That was what was important.

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