Evennett calls for action on Hospital PFI costs

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, raised the problems caused by expensive Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts during Health Questions in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 22 November.

Mr Evennett said that poorly negotiated PFI deals for hospitals in the South London Healthcare NHS Trust are causing real financial problems and have led to the downgrading of Queen Mary’s hospital in my borough of Bexley.

Calling on the Secretary of State, Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP, to take action, he asked “Does he share my concerns about this injustice, and will he ensure that my constituents get the first-class health care that they need and deserve and look again at this PFI situation?”

Mr Lansley acknowledged that “Queen Mary’s at Sidcup has suffered from the consequences of those PFIs”, and in his reply, he said “I am looking forward to the proposals on the future provision of health services on the Queen Mary’s Sidcup site. South London Healthcare is clearly an extremely challenged trust and we inherited very substantial problems there. We are looking to resolve them with it, but it will need additional national support.”

The full exchange can be read here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm111122/debtext/111122-0001.htm#11112278000359