The biggest health trust in England - the PFI-indebted Barts - has been put into 'special measures' after inspectors found it was running dangerously short-staffed and overcrowded hospitals. What does this mean for the future of East London's hopsitals?
In a Daily Mail campaign the Prime Minister deploys his personal tragedy and patronises health care workers as 'angels in aprons'. Misleading rhetoric provides cover for Cameron's legislative demolition of the NHS.
The World Bank promised Lesotho that its PFI-style hospital - the first in any low-income country - would cost the same as its old public hospital. Instead it is eating up half the entire nation's health budget, while paying 25% returns to the private partner.
Britain is an extreme oddity regarding privatisation: nowhere else in the advanced world is there such a willingness to sell everything that isn’t nailed down. Time and again the British public is ripped off and sold out by its leaders.
The prosperous South East can no longer afford to subsidise
the rest of the United Kingdom. Or so runs the conventional wisdom. The facts,
on the other hand, are rushing headlong in the opposite direction.
Healthcare systems across the world are facing a 'man-made disaster' - the imposition of market-style 'reforms' that are neither appropriate nor effective. Journalist John Lister introduces his new book 'Health Policy Reform: Global Health versus Private Profit' that unpicks the facts behind the flimsy ideology.
Next week Jeremy Hunt will announce the closure of A&E and maternity services, in the face of a concerted campaign which culminated in today’s 20,000+ march. I don’t think he has any realistic choice but to do this, and here’s why...
The PFI scheme puts money from the British taxpayer into the pockets of private companies. Parliament has found it to be expensive and unsound. So why are British people still paying hundreds of billions of pounds to continue the scheme?
Freedom of Information act requests are now revealing the full cost of the off-balance sheet Private Finance Initiative (PFI) structures used to finance so much "public" investment in the last 20 years. If we ever find out, how much will such schemes end up costing Africa?
Public Private Partnerships – the off-balance-sheet instrument of choice for indebted governments – are still central to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's mantra. Why can't they stop foisting instruments thoroughly discredited in Western Europe on those in the East?