The NHS Executive's private finance initiative guidance is finally being published - about two years late.

The guidance, but not the review of PFI in the NHS that was once meant to accompany it, should reach senior managers over Christmas and the new year.

Publication was widely expected ahead of a meeting of the Commons' public accounts committee yesterday on the PFI project at Dartford and Gravesham Hospital trust.

A critical report on the project by the National Audit Office in May said guidance would be published by the Executive. If this had not emerged, officials would have been forced to write to the PAC explaining what had happened to it.

HSJ published a leaked draft of the guidance, which has been in wide circulation among trusts with major PFI projects, last January.

The formally published version has been updated to take account of subsequent developments.