Private finance initiative hospitals worth around £1.5bn have been given the go-ahead by health secretary Patricia Hewitt.

The news came as the Department of Health published national and regional maps of hospitals and primary care facilities that have been opened since 1997.

See the maps here

Private finance initiative hospitals worth around£1.5bn have been given the go-ahead by health secretary Patricia Hewitt.

The news came as the Department of Health published national and regional maps of hospitals and primary care facilities that have been opened since 1997.

See the maps here