'Failed' NHS strategy criticised

A report has criticised the Department of Health for the decision to build a new hospital and award a franchise to a private firm to run another one a few miles away.

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Report criticises Dept of Health for 'failed' NHS strategy

A report has criticised the Department of Health for the decision to build a new hospital and award a franchise to a private firm to run another one a few miles away.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital, run by Circle Healthcare Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

According to the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the decision left two hospitals whose financial viability and future was in doubt.

They added that there had been a lack of oversight in building a private finance initiative (PFI) hospital in Peterborough and allowing Circle Healthcare to run the nearby Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

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