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Private Finance Initiative

Volume 281: debated on Tuesday 16 July 1996

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18.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the private finance initiative in the health service. [35799]

The private finance initiative is providing the services and facilities which enable the national health service to concentrate on providing high-quality health care.

26.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his Department's policy on the use of private finance initiative; and if he will make a statement. [35808]

All capital developments in the national health service have to be tested for private finance. Private finance will be used if it offers the best value for money and transfers risk to the private sector.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions he has varied his decision on local strategies for acute services in response to alternative proposals arising from private finance initiatives. [36380]

Capital developments in the national health service, whether privately or publicly financed, must be consistent with local health-care strategies. Any capital scheme must also be supported by the main purchasers of the trust concerned, who can therefore ensure that the scheme is consistent with their purchasing strategies.