Summer holiday reading recommendations for PFI

Activists we’ve spoken to, such as Dr Lucy Reynolds, interviewed here, and Joel Benjamin who campaigns with People vs PFI, recommend reading books to get our heads around PFI. 

So, may we suggest some light reading over the summer months?

Beach, flickr
Beach, Flickr

Promotional picture, Amazon
Promotional picture, Amazon

NHS for Sale: Myths, Lies & Deception

We featured one of the authors, Dr Jacky Davis, in our recommended Twitter accounts to follow. This book makes the point that the NHS did not in fact need radical reform under the Coalition and that the government has been privatising the NHS.

On Amazon, it has a glowing review: “a brilliant account of the shocking story of the Health and Social Care Act: how its true purpose was concealed from the electorate (with the assistance of the media asleep on the job), how it was sold to Parliament, and its appalling consequences” – Raymond Tallis, The Lancet.

You can catch the authors @DrJackyDavis, @JohnRLister & @DavidGWrigley on Twitter – they’re quite chatty!

Promotional image, Amazon
Promotional image, Amazon

Austerity: The Demolition of the Welfare State and the Rise of the Zombie Economy

If you are looking for a broader read about law & justice, employment rights, civil liberties and human rights, and the welfare state, with a few meaty critiques of PFI contracts thrown in – here’s your match.

Kerry-Anne Mendoza, who tweets and blogs under the name Scriptonite, is well-known on the PFI campaign circuit, and we heard her speak at the PFI tour of Parliament.

Parliament, Flickr
Parliament, Flickr

House of Commons Treasury Committee Private Finance Committee publication 2010-2012. 

Ok, so strictly speaking this is not a book, and you might run up quite a lot of print credits if you want to take it on the beach. But this publication is key for anyone who wants to hear the “official” government critique of PFIs.

It looks at the accounting and budgetary incentives for PFI, their value for money, and future investment under PFI.

Crucially, it gives a political history of PFI and provides wide-ranging witness accounts.

NHS for Sale , Image: Amazon
NHS SOS , Image: Amazon

NHS SOS: How the NHS was Betrayed – and How We Can Save It

Our final book recommendation has quite a dramatic title, but at least it is hopeful that we can save the NHS.

“The Coalition Government passed into law an unprecedented assault on the NHS. Doctors, unions, the media, even politicians who claimed to be stalwart defenders failed to protect it. Now the effect of those devastating reforms are beginning to be felt by patients – but we can still save our country’s most valued institution if we take lessons from this terrible betrayal and act on them” – Amazon bio.

Dr Jacky Davis co-authors this bed-side-reading gem with Raymond Tallis. We’re also quite excited that Ken Loach took the time out of his film-making schedule to write a foreword.

And thanks to Desiree Fields @FieldsDesiree who suggested another book to add to our post!

Any other recommendations?

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