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Foundation trusts could be divisive, MPs claim

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:10
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

    Details of the government's plans for foundation hospitals in England, published in December, have failed to allay fears that they might lead to a two tier health service.

    Central to the plans and the controversy are the “significant” new freedoms that foundation trusts will enjoy, subject to legislation being passed. These include the ability to borrow money without having to go through the Treasury.

    Up to 12 foundation trusts could be operating from spring 2004. Critics, including many Labour MPs and doctors' leaders, fear that the NHS as a whole will suffer from giving an “elite” cadre of providers more licence to expand services and reward staff.

    The BMA council last …

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