This article from Sunday’s Independent shows the damage that Private Finance Initiatives have wrought on our public services.
“Unlike government funding, PFI’s cannot be adjusted to match the economy’s fortunes. They are governed by contracts that often run to thousands of pages. In contrast to the radical cuts to public spending, less than 1 per cent has been trimmed from the total cost of PFI deals since 2012.”
Doesn’t that sound like a fruitful place to find further savings rather than cutting essential services?
Today the CQC report on Whipps Cross was published outlining its performance as inadequate and putting the Trust into Special Measures.
Waltham Forest Healthwatch have made their comments here.
The question of PFI must come in here. Surely the largest PFI must have had some effect on the performance of the Trust. For more on this click here.
There will a lobby of Waltham Forest Council on Wednesday 18 March. 7pm The Town Hall Forest Road.
Campaigners are not surprised to find that bed closures are as a result of staff shortages.
The number of beds at Whipps Cross Hospital’s children’s Acorn Ward have been reduced due to staff shortages.
Click here for the full story.