The redevelopment of the Royal Susssex County Hospital, Brighton, proudly declares on its hoardings that it is “Public funding not private finance”.

One of the FAQs, obviously in anticipation of public concern asks: “Is the redevelopment being paid for through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI)?”

The public is quickly reassured: “No, all the funding is coming from the public, through the Treasury”

Of course the private sector will still get profit from that public funding, and that is the next step in the fight for truly publicly funded and publicly provided public services.