An interview with PFI expert Dr Lucy Reynolds

We spoke to Dr Lucy Reynolds, research fellow in public health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as a dedicated and well-regarded PFI activist.

We first heard her speak at the PFI walking tour of Parliament, which we live blogged here.

Dr Lucy Reynolds speaking at PFI tour of Parliament
Dr Lucy Reynolds speaking at PFI tour of Parliament (Photo PFEye)

She believes that our NHS is being privatised and that there has been a “complete failure of democracy.”

In this audio interview, we asked her what the threats are to the NHS, and what positive steps we can take.

The interview is approximately 11 mins so here are the key points:

  • Dr Lucy Reynolds believes that PFI is part of a broader privitisation scheme.
  • Perhaps controversially, she thinks that PFI debts should not be taken away from individual hospitals and transferred to local authorities or to the central government as sovereign debt.
  • She believes that if PFI debts are taken away from hospitals, it will make it easier for our government to sell our hospitals to private companies as they will be more attractive to investors without their debt.

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