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By prospect   November 2006

Revolution in Worcestershire

Tory-controlled Wychavon council might have started something big. It will soon be opening its new hospital, which it will rent back to the primary care trust. Profits go into the public purse, rates go down and the council moves on to build a leisure centre: a win-win. The council took legal advice before it was agreed that the “wellbeing” powers of the 2000 Local Government Act could cover building a community hospital. Senior politicians have shown curiously little interest. Perhaps the government doesn’t like the idea of a Tory council beating Labour at its own PFI…

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