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NHS Faces Threat, Say Unions

July 7, 2008

TRADE unionists met at the Royal hospital to mark the 60th anniversary of the NHS on Saturday.

Merseyside TUC celebrated the NHS and protested at “continual privatisation”.

Campaigners carried placards urging for the NHS to be kept in public hands.

Liverpool PCT hit back at the accusation, saying a plan for a new Royal Liverpool University hospital was the best present the NHS could get.

They said government policy was to use the Private Finance Initiative if it offered value for money and if that was the case in Liverpool it was “PFI or nothing”.

The PCT says it will spend pounds 477m on a new hospital and development at Broadgreen.

Chairman Gideon Ben Tovim said: “Our focus is what is best for the patient, which means designing a new hospital which offers the best possible treatment in the best possible environment.”

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