Saturday, 11 August 2018 05:15

NHS COUNTING COST OF TOXIC LABOUR PFI LEGACY

OVER £2.6 BILLION AND COUNTING SPENT REPAYING LABOUR’S DEBTS
 
The SNP has called on Labour to apologise for the toxic PFI legacy that they have left our NHS – which continues to be drained of vital funds as a result of Labour’s mismanagement over a decade ago.
 

Health boards have been forced to shell out an eyewatering £2.62 billion for projects championed by the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration, despite the capital value of the projects only coming to £1.23 billion.
 
And the £2.62 billion charge – draining over £243 million from our NHS this year alone – is simply the tip of the iceberg, with costs continuing to rise year on year at key sites such as Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Wishaw General Hospital, taking vital funds away from frontline health and social care.
 
Commenting, SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson said:
 
“Labour’s toxic PFI legacy continues to cost our NHS dearly.
 
“For our NHS to have paid nearly £2.6 billion for the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration’s mismanagement of our public finances is shameful – and it’s high time they apologised for the debt they’ve left us all saddled with.
 
“Hospitals and clinics have had to shell out over £243 million this year alone, taking vital funds and resources away from frontline health and social care where it could be put to much better use than paying private firms.
 
“We’ve already had to pay more than double the capital value for the projects that Labour championed when in office – with the bills set to rise further still.
 
“These toxic PFI deals simply prove why we can’t trust Labour with our public finances ever again.”
 
ENDS


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