September 24, 2018 / 10:31 PM / a month ago

UK to take over Liverpool hospital build after Carillion collapse -Sky News

Sept 24 (Reuters) - The British government will step in to bail out a 335 million pound ($439 million) new hospital in the city of Liverpool, after the collapse of Carillion, which was overseeing the deal, Sky News reported on Monday.

An announcement by ministers on the termination of the Royal Liverpool Hospital private finance initiative deal and taking it into full public ownership is expected to be made within days, Sky said. (bit.ly/2N07fo9)

Carillion, which provided services in defence, education, health and transport, collapsed in January, becoming the largest construction bankruptcy in British history. It left creditors and the firm’s pensioners facing steep losses and put thousands of jobs at risk.

Britain’s biggest labour union recently called for a criminal investigation into key individuals involved.

An announcement about the future of the hospital could come ahead of opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the party’s annual conference in Liverpool, according to Sky News. Corbyn has long been opposed to public-private partnerships and has said key industries would be nationalised should Labour win power.

The Royal Liverpool Hospital, the NHS and Carillion did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ($1 = 0.7624 pound) (Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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