That unions have won rights to screen private finance initiative bidders' employment records is to be applauded, but what of patients?

The only beneficiaries of PFI so far are lawyers, consultants and civil servants. The human cost of the uncertainty brought about by PFI is never put into the equation. PFI is dealt with as a financial problem, by civil servants in Leeds who probably have not met any patients.

In Chichester the reprovision of services at a Victorian mental health hospital, Graylingwell, has been stuck in the PFI process for over four years. The patients whose home is to be reprovided in more appropriate community accommodation face the anxiety and stress of knowing their home is to be bulldozed, but not knowing when or where they will move.

Private sector takes the risk, patients take the strain.

Richard Mason

Chief officer

Chichester CHC