UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: £63bn PFI bill for the NHS says Lamb

Press Release   •   Feb 09, 2010 10:19 GMT

“The Liberal Democrats will change the way the NHS works so that money goes further and patients come first.," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary.

Commenting on Number 10’s refusal to answer questions about the £63bn PFI bill facing the NHS, Norman Lamb, said:

“Labour’s scandalous mismanagement of the NHS has left many hospitals facing PFI bills they simply cannot afford.

“Gordon Brown’s speech contains even more spending commitments but he has yet to explain how on earth he intends to pay for the damage he’s already done to the future of the NHS.

“Despite the enormous amounts of money we owe for these hospitals, many of them will never end up in public ownership. Hospitals all over the country are mortgaged to the hilt and there are serious concerns that these repayments will lead to cuts in vital services.

“We need a new approach to public services in this country. By setting up an infrastructure bank the Liberal Democrats will ensure that key projects get access to the funding they need to revitalise our economy.

“The Liberal Democrats will change the way the NHS works so that money goes further and patients come first.”