Friday, February 03, 2006

The Guardian today carries two interesting pieces. Neil Bentley from the CBI tells us that PFI is the saviour of the NHS and makes a snide reference to Professor Allyson Pollock receiving funding from UNISON. His remarks, entirely unconnected, of course, from where the CBI get their funding, include this wonderful passage: “Millions of people have been able to benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities PFI hospitals offer.” Perhaps what Bentley is more happy about though, is the notion that “A few people have benefited by Millions from the state-of-the-art facilities PFI hospitals offer.” The other article is by Polly Toynbee who welcomes the government’s (latest) NHS reform which will, “… drag the cash and attention from the Green Wing glamour of hospitals towards communities and surgeries where the old, the frail, the depressed and those with never-ending chronic conditions use most NHS care.” Oh well, only another thirty years to pay on a “state-of-the-art facility” whose time has already come and gone.