Posted by: madkentdragon | September 25, 2012

NHS debt, Privatisation by the Back Door?

A little while ago I wrote about PFI and hospital finance; for those who don’t know what this is, I’ll explain:

A local hospital is run down and needs replacing but, instead of the NHS spending money on the hospital, the hospital is built by private capital. The hospital then has to repay the money, including interest over the next 20 or 30 years.

Sounds good? In theory – yes, in practice – no.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust have a PFI new build hospital, cost is £228,000,000 and the amount to be repaid over 30 years? £612,000,000!

This takes £1,700,000 a month from their budget, which – although they deny this – may be the reason that this all-singing, all-dancing hospital is now asking the staff for voluntary redundancies, 200 of them!

This hospital has only been opened for a year, each patient has their own en-suite single room, very nice, if you have the staff to cover them. But as there may not be enough staff these rooms will remain empty – or will they?

These beautifully appointed rooms would be ideal for private patients whose fees would cover the nurses for their care; is this, as I predicted, private medicine by the back door with the cost of the build being paid for by the ever decreasing NHS budget.

I don’t know what is happening with the other hospitals in the country who are paying these extortionate PFI rates, will they also have to succumb to the privatisation by the back door.

The waiting lists in these hospitals will increase unless you can afford to pay or have private insurance, is this the way to squeeze the NHS and increase private medicine?

For further information on the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS redundancies see



  1. Quite agree, but the most damming thing about this is the present government is looking the other way. By doing this they are taking away the rights of every person who has paid for since 1942, they obviously think no one will notice.

    I quote the following:-

    “Medical treatment covering all requirements will be provided for all citizens by a national health service” Sir William Beveridge (1942)

    This lot are trying to make us more like the USA where you either have the means to pay or die a nation of ambulance chasers! Taking us back to the dark ages is the Cameron and Clegg plan only those with money can have rights and good health..

    You have noticed keep up the message perhaps others will realise that you can change things and stop our rights being taken away.

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