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Comparisons of FM service delivery and performance under UK PFI and non-PFI health schemes

Greener, K; (2006) Comparisons of FM service delivery and performance under UK PFI and non-PFI health schemes. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was introduced in 1992. The aim of this partnership is to increase the involvement of the private sector in the provision of public services and the improvement of service performance and delivery in pubic sector. Fourteen years on, PFI has now progressed to become one of the major funding sources across a wide range of UK government departments i.e. health, education, transport, etc. It is reported that there are over 700 projects signed to date with a combined capital value of nearly £50 billions and rising. In 2005, the healthcare commission1 issued an article "Acute hospital Portfolio Review: Pathology, Facilities Management, Therapy and Dietetics Information and Records" which commented that 'there is no clear pattern of cost and quality differences for FM services in PFI and non PFI Trust other than higher cost of security, higher quality of linen laundry and lower quality of cleanliness". Treasury's recently also published an report on March 2006, entitled, "Strengthening long term partnerships", showing that FM services, especially Soft FM services, provided under PFI scheme are 'no better and no worse' than those provided in more conventional outsourced contracts, and that private sector's involvement in PFI has not lead to a giant step change in terms of service delivery and performance as the government expected.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Comparisons of FM service delivery and performance under UK PFI and non-PFI health schemes
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1568021
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