The ex-chairman of an influential parliamentary health watchdog has condemned the cost of a controversial PFI contract signed by Yorkshire hospital bosses as “nothing short of scandalous” after it emerged the region’s trusts are paying out £112m a year on similar funding deals.
David Hinchliffe, a former Wakefield MP who chaired the health select committee in the period when the use of ‘buy now, pay later’ deals became widespread under New Labour, said cash-strapped hospital bosses and local politicians should have done more to renegotiate their annual payments.
Analysis in this weekend's The Yorkshire Post reveals that five Yorkshire hospital trusts have signed PFI (Private Finance Initiative) deals.
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