Chancellor allows only restricted freedom for foundation hospitalsBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7369.856 (Published 19 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:856
- Nicholas Timmins
Last week's settlement over the creation of foundation hospitals in England, the subject of a prolonged dispute between Gordon Brown, the chancellor, and the health secretary, Alan Milburn, might be described as a draw—if one was being charitable to Mr Milburn. But it is plain that the chancellor conceded little.
Mr Milburn got his desire for foundation hospitals to be created as independent, non-profit distributing, public interest companiesK—outside the NHS, in the sense that their assets will no longer be owned by the secretary of state.
These hospitals will also be able …