So, may we suggest some light reading over the summer months?
The election has been and gone, and it seems to be as good a time as any to re-gather, re-group and collect our thoughts on PFI and what changes can be made for the future.
With this in mind, we asked for your ideas – wild, outlandish, or perfectly sensible – on alternatives to PFI.
— PFeye (@pfeyeblog) May 22, 2015
Green party activist Andrew Durling had a couple of bright ideas.
He suggested creating energy-efficient hospitals with funds from quantitative easing.
Continue reading Finding alternative solutions to PFI for the future
In the run-up to the election and with the release of the manifestos, let’s have a look at which parties are pledging PFI change, and which have been side-stepping the issue.
Conservative For the party who famously introduced PFI in their 1992 Autumn statement, the Conservatives have been rather quiet.
In David Cameron’s interview with Evan Davis on 15th April, the BBC Newsnight presenter pressed him on social issues such as profiteering property developers and PFI.
While David Cameron reportedly made all the right sounds, “totally offensive”, “infuriating”, “maddening,” he did not make any specific promises on PFI – a missed opportunity.
There are no grand plans to combat unruly PFI contracts in the Conservative manifesto. In terms of the NHS at least, Chancellor George Osborne is promising to put an extra £2bn into frontline health services across the UK.
Looking for some action? Here are some of the key activists to follow to keep a close eye on PFI schemes.
1. Alyson Pollack @AlysonPollack is an academic, public health doctor and leading authority on PFI. She supports the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015 which aims to return the NHS to its founders’ vision of an accountable public service.