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Time to pull the plug on costly P3s

Last month Whistler's municipal council voted to cancel plans for a "P3" sewage plant upgrade. The decision came on the heels of public concern over environmental risks, potential cost overruns and privatization of water infrastructure. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

 

Down the Drain Goes a P3 Why Whistler flushed a sewage public-private partnership.

Whistler is a town full of wealthy citizens. You wouldn't usually expect them to oppose the private sector. But on Monday, Whistler dealt a decisive blow to the public-private partnership (P3) model in B.C. TheTyee.ca

 

Public interest compromised by government’s pursuit of “P3s” 

As industry proponents and BC government officials prepare for a closed-door conference promoting ‘public-private partnerships’ (P3s), a new study raises major concerns about higher costs and lack of accountability in P3 infrastructure projects. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

 

Government moves on PFI

Support services will no longer ha e be handed over to private companies as part of Private Finance Initiative projects, Chancellor Gordon Brown said in a statement accompanying today's budget. UNISON

 

Decision expected on £1.1bn Barts PFI deal

The future of the biggest private finance scheme in the NHS could be decided today if, as expected, ministers announce what is to become of the stalled £1.1bn redevelopment of two London teaching hospitals. Guardian (UK)

 

PFI hospitals to be rated at just over junk, says credit agency

Foundation trust hospitals are likely to be given the lowest investment-grade credit rating - just above high yield or "junk" status - on money they borrow in the City, a leading credit agency warned yesterday. Guardian (UK)

 

Pour l'amour des vieux, pas de privé en santé  

Le vieillissement attendu de la population est le spectre invoqué par plusieurs pour justifier une intrusion du privé dans le financement de la santé. Cet argument dont on exagère l'importance cache d'abord un âgisme latent dont on ne s'excuse même pas. Le Devoir

 

BC Government Says Public Doesn't Need to Know About the St. Paul's Hospital Redevelopment

The BC Health Coalition has been told that it will cost $24,575 to access information about the redevelopment of St. Paul's Hospital.  The BC Health Coalition

 

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The cost of ministers' indecision: £600,000 a day

Workers don't know when they will be able to start work on the £1.15bn project - the biggest private finance scheme ever undertaken by the NHS. As each hour of inactivity passes, the trust and developers say another £25,000 (£600,000 a day) is added to the overall cost. Guardian (UK)

 

The new big deals beckon: 'P3s are quite likely the fastest-growing area of business legal practice today'

The $625-million Sea to Sky highway project, designed to widen and improve the highway leading from Vancouver to Whistler, winds its way through some of the most stunning landscape in Canada. National Post 

 

NHS in England heading for £750m deficit, say Tories

The government accused of burying evidence of a worsening financial crisis in the NHS that is starting to seriously damage the quality of patient care.  Guardian (UK)

 

Flagship hospital halts operations

One of the government's most successful flagship hospitals has been forced to ban non-emergency surgery after doctors cut long waiting lists by carrying out 'too many' operations. Guardian (UK)

 

Ministers balk at Barts' £1.15bn development project

Britain's oldest hospital had victory snatched from its grasp yesterday as it came towards the end of a four-year campaign to win government approval for a £1.15bn redevelopment plan - the largest private finance initiative scheme ever undertaken by the NHS. Guardian (UK)

 

The exorbitant cost of PFI is now being cruelly exposed

The government's controversial private finance initiative is floundering. Patricia Hewitt's review of the £1.28bn PFI plan for the Barts and The London hospitals trust, prompted by spiralling costs revealed last December, also raises questions about the whole policy.  Guardian (UK)

 

Going private can seriously damage your health service

 It is becoming increasingly clear that the model being imposed on the health service is the wrong one. The strategy isn't working. NHS trust deficits have reached nearly £1bn and hospital treatments are being deliberately postponed for several months to save money. Guardian (UK)

 

Flagship PFI hospital 'technically bankrupt'

A flagship NHS hospital which opened four years ago under the government's private finance initiative have admitted that it has become technically insolvent. Guardian (UK)

 

Voters support coalition's position on hospital

The North Bay Health Coalition -- armed with overwhelming support for its anti-privatization position -- challenged the Liberal government Monday to reconsider plans to build new hospitals using for-profit consortiums. The North Bay Nugget

 

Private redevelopment at CAMH will put clients second

Turning the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) into a private (P3) hospital will put the mental health of the most vulnerable and marginalized patients second to the needs of private developers, says the union representing CAMH staff. OPSEU

 

Province on track to hire advisers for hospital

The province is on schedule to issue requests for qualifications by the end of the month for private consortiums to finance and build the North Bay Regional Health Centre. The North Bay Nugget

 

Private Hospitals: Sickening

Some things should stay in government hands, although Ontario's Liberals seem to be confused as to which things. Woodstock Sentinel-Review

 

Hospital Battle Heats Up

A representative from the Ontario Health Coalition said she is ready to do battle in Oxford County if the provincial government intends to privately finance the new Woodstock hospital. Woodstock Sentinel-Review

 

 

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