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Europe sees mixed results from Public-Private Partnerships for building and managing health care facilities and services

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Jens Roehrich

The School of Management’s Dr Jens Roehrich, alongside Professor James Barlow external website of Imperial College London and Executive Director of the European Centre for Health Assets and Architecture external website (ECHAA) Steve Wright, were recently interviewed by the Journal de Montréal external website regarding their research into Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for building and managing healthcare facilities and services. The interview was prompted by a need in Montréal for engaging in public-private relationships to deliver a new hospital.

Over the last two decades, the UK has seen one of the largest programmes of refurbishing and building new hospitals, more than one hundred of these were Public-Private Partnership projects.

The team’s research considers how governments can use public-private relationships to procure hospitals and associated services such as cleaning and maintenance, to avoid up-front capital expenditure and harnessing private-sector efficiencies. 

Dr Jens Roehrich and colleagues from Imperial, Reading and the EU are currently investigating multiple PPP healthcare infrastructure and service projects across Europe. Carrying out case studies of new forms of healthcare PPP in Finland, Spain and Germany in order to better understand their critical success factors in delivering healthcare services and infrastructure.

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