PFI proposals are ‘naive and foolish’

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Health Minister Alan Milburn has announced a plan to build new cottage hospitals, using private finance initiatives (PFIs), to free-up acute hospital beds presently occupied by elderly people. In an interview with the Sunday Express, Mr Milburn said two in every three acute hospital beds were occupied by people over 65. “At the moment, there’s a choice between being in hospital and being at home,” Mr Milburn said. “This means a lot of older people have to stay in acute beds in hospitals because they are not fully recovered enough to go home. They are effectively trapped in those beds when they should be free to get back on their feet after a period of hospitalisation. That’s bad for elderly people who need more appropriate care. It effectively blocks up the acute beds which the NHS needs.” The long term care sector has responded robustly to the Minister’s analysis, and his proposal to use PFIs to build new facilities for older people who need intermediate care. Perhaps the most robust response came from the R

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