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Privatization scheme bribery case ends with guilty plea on least serious charge

A series of criminal trials over a bribery scandal over a P3 privatization scheme ended last week with people admitting that $22.5 million in bribes were paid, but with no one being convicted of actually paying them. For those naïve enough to believe that the justice system does a good job of policing the privatization industry, it was a very bad week.

Source: PSI

Northern Beaches Hospital: “the public must be assured that Healthscope is not cutting costs excessively''

The Sydney Morning Herald says “the public must be assured that Healthscope is not cutting costs excessively or shifting difficult patients to other state-run hospitals or cross-subsidizing its private hospital business located at the same site with facilities designed for the public Northern Beaches Hospital. Equally the public will be concerned if a takeover bid on the share market now under way against Healthscope has distracted management.” The problems have been critical. Doctors at the embattled new PPP hospital “threatened to withhold treatment from private patients in a desperate move to force the state government to act on their concerns about the under-resourced facility.”

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Double standards: How the UK promotes rip-off health PPPs abroad

This report concerns Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in healthcare, known in the UK as the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). It exposes how such PPPs have been an expensive failure in the UK, attracting criticism from government ministers, and yet those same ministers run departments which promote PPPs, including in health, around the world.

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A cost and performance comparison of Public Private Partnership and public hospitals in Spain

Health Economics Review has published a research paper comparing hospitals administered by public vs. “public private partnerships” (PPPs) models. “In summary, regarding the performance and efficiency analysis, it is seen that the PPP group obtains good results, above the average for those directly managed, but not better in every case. Therefore, the results are not conclusive enough to clearly opt for one model of management; in both cases strengths and weaknesses were identified.”

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Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017

The report provides the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In recent decades, the combination of neoliberal ideology, corporate lobbying, business-friendly fiscal policies, tax avoidance and tax evasion has led to a massive weakening of the public sector and its ability to provide essential goods and services.

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