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NHS may turn to private sources for cash boost

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1866 (Published 13 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1866
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

NHS Improvement, the NHS financial watchdog, is considering borrowing billions of pounds from private investment companies to help pay for health service infrastructure. Some have questioned the idea, however, as it may place an unfair burden on future generations.

NHS Improvement has confirmed that the issue was discussed during a regular meeting on 10 April between the agency’s chief executive, Jim Mackey, and the Treasury, which would have to approve such a move.

Mackey, interviewed in the Times newspaper on 9 April, discussed his plans to get Treasury approval for deals already discussed with hedge funds and other private investment companies. Money from such a source could help create a central NHS infrastructure fund to which …

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