Hospital bosses say PFI firm ‘putting lives at risk’

Shân Ross, The Scotsman, April 20, 2012 The controversial private management of health services was under fire last night after the company that runs one of Scotland’s largest hospitals was threatened with legal action for blunders that “put patients’ lives at risk”. Health chiefs at NHS Lothian said they could “no longer tolerate the repeated, serious and potentially life-threatening” problems at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (ERI), which was built and is managed by the private firm Consort. In one incident, surgeons had to finish an operation by torchlight after maintenance workers cut power to the theatre. ... Hospital