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'New PFI' Birmingham hospital scheme still five years away

The Birmingham hospital set to adopt the Private Finance Two model is still five years away from being built, the health trust said today.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust said PF2 is a “positive sign of the support there is for the Midland Metropolitan Hospital concept” in Smethwick.

But it said following approval procedures, the procurement, building and commissioning phases of the scheme will then take up to five years to complete.  

A spokesperson added: “Clearly we now need to fully understand the impact of the new “PF2” finance model on our plans and will immediately begin that work to make progress as soon as possible.

“This brings us one step closer to achieving our goal of providing the highest quality healthcare from 21st century facilities for people living in Sandwell and western Birmingham.”

They expect it to take six months to “refresh” plans in the light of the latest developments. 

The Birmingham hospital is one of two schemes which could benefit from PF2.

Another is Ministry of Defence accommodation.

The Treasury is working with the Ministry of Defence as they finalise their basing strategy and infrastructure investment plans for a more cost effective estate that meets ‘Future Force 2020’ requirements, to explore how much of this investment - including construction and maintenance activity - can be delivered through PF2.

The Priority School Building Programme will also adopt PF2.

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