“Hit squads” to take over Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

PUBLISHED: 17:08 30 August 2012

Dartford and Gravesham is one of seven NHS hospital trusts which will receive “hit squads” to solve the financial problems they have got into.

Health minister Simon Burns said the hospitals had got it “horribly wrong” coping with the private finance initiative (PFI) deals they had signed.

Asked if the schemes were a mistake, Mr Burns told the Daily Telegraph: “In the form that they were agreed, with what to my mind is a cavalier disregard for cost efficiency and value for taxpayers’ money, yes.”

The Government will send in accountants and lawyers to attempt to renegotiate the contracts.

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