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.