Leader Marie Rimmer forgets her party built hospitals through PFI

It was New Labour that created this PFI mess.

Our council leader states that “we will do everything we can to save our hospitals for our community” (Star, August 30) while conveniently ignoring the fact that it was her party, New Labour, that created the mess in the first place by building the hospitals with private finance.

A merger between St Helens, Knowsley and Warrington might not be the worst-case scenario if it can deliver an improved service.

If the people of St Helens and Knowsley think that our hospitals are under pressure with a PFI annual shortfall of £20 million, spare a thought for the new Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield which opened in 2010.

It allegedly cost £320 million to build and faces an annual bill of £35 million for 35 years – total repayment, £1.225 billion.

Furthermore, part of the debt has been sold off its share of the debt to a Guernsey-based company which now manages to avoid the vast majority of tax on the annual £2.4 million profit that it makes from the Pinderfields PFI contract.

To add insult to injury, management consultants have been brought in to deal with the dire financial situation and have pocketed a total of £2.2 million, which would have funded more that 50 nurses’ wages.

It is unacceptable to have a National Health Service that is free at the point of delivery, but cannot deliver effective treatment due to vital money being siphoned off for private profit.

To pay for this disastrous PFI policy that New Labour forced on the NHS, scores of staff at Pinderfields are losing their jobs, while others are being downgraded and given pay cuts – with nurses forced to do cleaning!

We are now told that “Labour politicians and unions will fiercely oppose any proposals to solve an NHS funding crisis by merging Whiston and St Helens hospitals with neighbouring Warrington”.

I ask them where they were in the 13 years when these debts were mounting, and all warnings were ignored?

Mike Perry, Prescot Road, St Helens

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1:22pm Thu 6 Sep 12

mikeperry109 says...

Hope for an answer from Woodward - has anyone seen him lately?
Hope for an answer from Woodward - has anyone seen him lately? mikeperry109

10:55pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Sankey says...

According to Watts its the fault of the Tories for not pouring more taxpayers funds in at this time to cover the losses on PFI. The PFI scheme Watts supported when in government
According to Watts its the fault of the Tories for not pouring more taxpayers funds in at this time to cover the losses on PFI. The PFI scheme Watts supported when in government Sankey

11:51pm Thu 6 Sep 12

mikeperry109 says...

Sankey wrote:
According to Watts its the fault of the Tories for not pouring more taxpayers funds in at this time to cover the losses on PFI. The PFI scheme Watts supported when in government
It is hard to believe that this man represents St. Helens North. He is churning out the party line while refusing to accept responsibility for the PFI fiasco.
[quote][p][bold]Sankey[/bold] wrote: According to Watts its the fault of the Tories for not pouring more taxpayers funds in at this time to cover the losses on PFI. The PFI scheme Watts supported when in government[/p][/quote]It is hard to believe that this man represents St. Helens North. He is churning out the party line while refusing to accept responsibility for the PFI fiasco. mikeperry109

5:38pm Tue 11 Sep 12

pitbullboxing says...

She forgets a lot of things , such as Rainhill and Eccleston park when it comes to dividing and allocating services. She doesn't forget to take 5 million pounds of council tax of Rainhill alone though. She also doesn't forget to look after her own area - with Queens park leisure centre being built on her doorstep , and all the nice trimmings that come with it. As one resident said to me "no anti social problems around here" . I wonder why?
She forgets a lot of things , such as Rainhill and Eccleston park when it comes to dividing and allocating services. She doesn't forget to take 5 million pounds of council tax of Rainhill alone though. She also doesn't forget to look after her own area - with Queens park leisure centre being built on her doorstep , and all the nice trimmings that come with it. As one resident said to me "no anti social problems around here" . I wonder why? pitbullboxing

10:54pm Tue 11 Sep 12

frankly says...

P/B......If that resident who spoke to you lives in the queens park area, she/he is in cuckooland..we have plenty anti social yobs here..the police are setting up camp to save answering the calls at college st.
P/B......If that resident who spoke to you lives in the queens park area, she/he is in cuckooland..we have plenty anti social yobs here..the police are setting up camp to save answering the calls at college st. frankly

2:38pm Mon 17 Sep 12

pitbullboxing says...

Apologies on that count then frank. Sorry to hear that your area like most has a sub human problem. it's pandemic.
Apologies on that count then frank. Sorry to hear that your area like most has a sub human problem. it's pandemic. pitbullboxing

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