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Private finance initiative (PFI)

The private finance initiative (PFI) provides a way of funding major capital investments, without immediate recourse to the public purse. Private consortia, usually involving large construction firms, are contracted to design, build, and in some cases manage new projects. Contracts typically last for 30 years, during which time the building is leased by a public authority. This section of the site gives guidance to contractors and DH staff on contracts, current news and updates, as well as facts, figures and further information.

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PFI contacts

Initial enquiries about PFI by NHS bodies should always be made to the local strategic health authority.

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