PFI-funded hospital plagued by difficulties

at a hospital funded by the controversial private finance initiative (PFI)
system are experiencing a wide range of difficulties, according to healthcare
union Unison.

survey of employees at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon found that
spiralling costs, design faults, bed shortages and heating problems were
damaging the service to patients.

hospital opened in December 2002 at a cost of £132m, but Unison has accused it
of maximising profits at the expense of providing good services.

Prentis, the general secretary of Unison, went on to criticise the whole PFI
system for failing to deliver value for money or improvements in patient care.

By Ross Wigham

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