Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was “incredibly impressed” with staff at Peterborough City Hospital after visiting them last Friday.
Mr Hunt was responding to a question in Parliament raised by MP for Peterborough Stewart Jackson.
Mr Jackson said: “I thank the Secretary of State for taking time last week to visit Peterborough City Hospital and to praise the magnificent staff there who are labouring under a £35 million annual private finance initiative millstone.
“Is the wider context not that we would have a lot more money to spend on frontline care if we did not have to deal with a poisonous legacy from Labour of £64 billion of appalling PFI contracts in the NHS?”
Mr Hunt agreed with the comments on PFI, and added: “I was incredibly impressed with the staff I met at Peterborough hospital.
“There was incredible commitment to patients and some fantastic work going on in the oncology and renal departments which I visited.”