Private Finance Initiative Costs

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 21 October 2014.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 11:30, 21 October 2014

There is nothing wrong with PFI schemes in principle; the point is the way in which they were put together by the previous Government. In 2011, Andy Burnham said:

“We made mistakes. I’m not defending every pen stroke of the PFI deals we signed”.

Those PFI contracts have damaged local hospitals and damaged local health care provision—