I note with alarm that the PFI debt at King’s Mill Hospital has now doubled from £1.26bn to £2.05bn over 38 years.
That said, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The Socialist Party has repeatedly warned that PFI, heralded by Tory and Labour governments as the only way to get these kinds of projects built, would, in the long term, be a recipe for worse patient care, job losses and service cuts, with profit the sole motivation for those delivering PFI.
Here’s a thought: how about collecting the £120bn a year in avoided and evaded taxes from the wealthy and big businesses? Surely a better way to fund projects such as schools and hospitals, and our vital public services.
I say again that the books of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust must be opened, so we can see exactly why it is in such a poor financial state, and likely to run out of money early next year.
It is unacceptable that patient care and health workers’ jobs are being put at risk because of the need of privateers to maximise their profits. The people of Mansfield and Ashfield, and indeed NHS trusts throughout the country, deserve better.
Mansfield Socialist Party.