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Written evidence submitted by John Sullivan

I am responding to the letter from Jesse Norman in the Guardian today 26 April 2011, regarding PFI & public debt.

Can I ask whether or not the committee will take into consideration the status of the NHS when PFI was introduced, and the extremely long waiting lists for treatment. Plus the excessive cost of so many treatments, due to the ancient hospital buildings modern medicine was being attempted within.

It should be remembered that the millions of extra operations realised because of PFI relieved pain and suffering, for the very taxpayers that were suffering on the up to two year waiting lists. Furthermore whilst the waiting lists were waiting lists for so many, they were also death lists for far to many. Too many people died unnecessarily on the NHS waiting lists prior to the introduction of PFI & the investment in the NHS by the last government.

PFI is not simply a case of balancing the books, PFI was a means to an end, an end to the suffering of millions waiting in pain and many dying whilst waiting it was the only way to improve the quality of life for millions in a short space of time.

I therefore sincerely hope that the accountant mentality being put forward by some, can be balanced with all of the facts and not a selective set of figures that give no credit whatsoever to the benefits millions of in pain taxpayers have gained from PFI. Or to the huge interest we would still be paying on loans rather than PFI.

Literally millions of tax payers have had their taxes spent on having their lives made pain free or had their lives saved by the introduction of PFI, so what price do the anti PFI accountants put on pain or life ???

Compared to the ongoing cost of war over this period of time, it seems to me PFI has benefitted British taxpayers far more than all the bombs and the bullets. but I suppose it is a matter of your priority.

Jesse Norman suggests taxpayers are concerned about the cost, but as one tax payer who is alive today thanks to PFI along with further investment in the NHS up until this year. I suggest none of the people alive today or pain free today thanks to the provision of new hospitals via PFI, are among the concerned.

April 2011

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