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First wave of foundation hospitals unveiled

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7399.1106-e (Published 22 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1106
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

    The government last week named of the 29 hospitals in England that will make up the first wave of applicants for the controversial “foundation” hospital status.

    The trusts will have freedom from Whitehall control and will be able to set their own pay rates, as long as doing so “does not undermine the ability of other providers in the local health economy to meet their NHS obligations.”

    The plans have met widespread opposition from NHS staff and MPs alike, with 60 Labour MPs voting against the government on the plans last week.

    The applications for foundation trust status must be submitted by the autumn, and the successful hospitals (subject to parliament passing the Health and Social Care Bill) will be granted trust status in April 2004.

    The trusts …

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