King’s Mill Hospital: The signs were there

NEWS that our local hospitals are fast running out of money confirms what the Socialist Party warned on the day the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deal was announced in 2005.

For over 15 years we have been calling PFI ‘Profit From Illness.’ Sir Alan Meale MP, other local politicians and previous Trust Chief Executives said PFI was the ‘only show in town’, and there was no other way to get King’s Mill rebuilt.

Now the chickens are coming home to roost. It’s no use Gloria De Piero MP saying “the last thing I want to see is patient care adversely affected.” Patient care will be affected unless the PFI is scrapped.The Trust regulator, Monitor, said there needs to be ‘significant changes, including reconfiguration, beyond efficiency savings to remain financially sustainable beyond the next three years’.

In other words - massive cuts with health workers’ jobs and patient services sacrificed to keep paying the PFI. This will only get worse with the Con/Lib Dem’s Health and Social Welfare Act.

Thousands of local people have stopped at Socialist Party campaign stalls and signed petitions opposing PFI. A massive campaign is now needed including health workers, trade unions, community groups and local people.

John Dale,

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