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  1. Originally published in the Health Services Journal 17 December 2010

    Dear Sir,

    In a blunt assessment of the coming few years, the Commons Health Select Committee recently stated that the NHS must achieve efficiency savings on a scale never before seen here, or indeed in other countries.

    This unprecedented, unparallelled expectation means that many parts of the NHS face cuts of up to 25 per cent and the choice between slash and burn and radical re-design has come into sharp relief.

    So what is to be done? We, the undersigned, from 17 universities, believe there is a new way forward to meet this challenge, which could also achieve a dramatic improvement in outcomes.

  2. Daily Telegraph, 10 Mar 2010

    In the third of our series on the future of health care, Victoria Lambert look at the hospitals built under Tony Blair's Private Finance Initiative.

    A soaring atrium, technicolor artwork and cappuccino dispensaries – who would have envisaged the day when no modern hospital felt complete without this therapeutic trinity?

    Yet after just over a decade of works on a scale not seen before, which have led to the opening of 118 new hospital schemes (with another 18 in progress), the first thing most patients will think of when they talk of the modernisation of the NHS is surely the great glass lobbies that are now ubiquitous in our hospitals. If the Victorian philanthropists were addicted to statuary, their 21st-century equivalents are hooked on the smell of Windolene.

    They’ll certainly be cleaning the windows as usual today at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, the first hospital completed under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) system, where the Government borrows money from the private sector to build public infrastructure in return for part-privatisation.