PFI – BLEEDING BARTS DRY: NHS CAMPAIGN BUS HITS THE PFI TRAIL

WALTHAM FOREST SAVE OUR NHS

On Saturday 25th April, members of Waltham Forest Save our NHS will join the People vs. PFIand other campaign groups on a tour of East London. Our aims are to protest and raise awareness of the burdensome PFI debt at Barts Heath NHS Trust which runs Whipps Cross Hospital.

Barts Health is 10 years into a 40 year contract with Innisfree and Skanska, the companies that built and are responsible for maintenance and services at The Royal London and Barts Hospitals. Over the length of the PFI contract, for hospitals that cost £1.1bn to build, Barts Health will pay £7.1bn for construction and services. If the Trust defaults on its debt, its hospitals will belong to Innisfree and Skanska and as such will be privatised.

The PFI deals are widely blamed for undermining finances at Barts Health, leaving the trust in an impossible financial position that has led to…

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