The NHS has in recent years undertaken the largest hospital building programme in its history.

In October 2008 the 100 new hospitals specified in the 2000 NHS Plan were completed two years early. Programmes such as the private finance initiative, NHS LIFT (local improvement finance trust) and the ProCure21 procurement method have been important in providing these new hospitals and will continue to be so.

ProCure21 has delivered more than 240 schemes worth £1.3bn and there are 200 schemes worth £2.2bn in their earlier stages.

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