Public Finance, Aug. 25th - 31st 2000, p. 16-19
Refutes claims that Private Finance Initiative schemes in the NHS are to blame for cutting bed numbers, increasing the number of private beds and costing more than equivalent publicly funded schemes. In particular argues that reductions in bed numbers are due to clinical change, not the PFI.
Times, Sept. 18th 2000, p.4
Alan Milburn announced a new "recruitment and retention" allowance of up to £1,000 to be paid to nurses and other key workers living in London and other expensive cities. The money will come from the funds allocated for rebuilding the health service in the Budget.
Guardian, Sept. 22nd 2000, p. 7
Nursing unions have demanded a substantial pay rise to avert a growing shortage of hospital staff that threatens the government's plans for expanding the NHS.
(See also Times, Sept. 22nd 2000, p. 11)
New Economy, vol. 7, 2000, p. 138-142
The Private Finance Initiative in the healthcare sector has been criticised for delivering poor value for money. This has arisen because PFI schemes have been confined to provision of hospital buildings, and hotel services. As a result of excluding clinical services from PFI provision, the scope for innovation and efficiency has been stifled.
Health Service Journal, vol. 110, Sept. 7th 2000, Special Report. 12p.
Overview of the private finance initiatives in the NHS show that they are spreading from acute services to staff accommodation, primary care and mental health projects. Report also summarises the history of the building of the first PFI hospital, Cumberland Infirmary.