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IN BRIEF: Private firms to make pounds 33bn out of NHS.

COMPANIES involved with NHS projects such as those in St Helen's under the controversial Private Finance Initiative stand to make windfall profits of pounds 3.3bn, according to a new report. Pressure group Health Emergency said it studied the costs of PFI in the light of an inquiry into a scheme in Norwich and Norfolk.

The group said it was a "scandal" that private firms had scooped a bonus payout of pounds 95m over the cost of a new building.

Recently approved PFI schemes in London, Birmingham and St Helens would produce windfall profits of pounds 440m, it was claimed.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 10, 2006
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