Hospitals are "being forced to spend extortionate sums on private contractors rather than spending that money on helping sick patients get better," health secretary Andrew Lansley is quoted in the Telegraph. "Unless we take action, these post-dated cheques left to us by Labour could seriously impact on patients."
Highly expensive PFI deals are now a huge drain for the NHS. More than 20 hospitals trusts have had to appeal to the Department of Health for financial propping up due to high PFI expenses.
Little VFMA big part of the problem is that many trusts pay for maintenance work on a fixed basis. There's little shopping around. But it's important to remember that while the Tories are throwing mud at Labour for much of the current financial PFI mess, it was a Conservative government that pioneered PFI in a big way under John Major's government - PFI goes right back to 1992.
Which makes all the talk about risk being transferred to the private sector - remember that? - laughable, not to say posthumously expensive.