THE NAO has recommended the Department of Health should carry out more analysis into pricing elements of PFI deals and it could have got a better deal if there had been more competition in the market.
Under PFI schemes hospitals are built using a mixture of private and public cash and such scheme have been the focus of controversy since they were developed.
A Department of Health spokesman said: 'We are pleased that the
NAO has again found that PFI projects deliver value for money for the NHS.
'The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital PFI scheme is a successful project and has demonstrated value for money. The hospital opened to patients ahead of schedule and on budget.
'The refinancing has delivered real gains for the NHS. The Trust
is now paying £1.7 million less in annual fees, amounting to a total of £34 million in today's money.
'Any premium for this project is balanced by the fact that the hospital was built for a much lower price than could be achieved