Foundation hospitals will be introduced into NHS despite oppositionBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7426.1248-c (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1248
- Owen Dyer
Foundation hospitals became law last week as the Health and Social Care Bill narrowly scraped through a hostile House of Lords and survived the largest Commons rebellion since Labour came to power. Just hours remained in the parliamentary year when the Lords bowed to the will of the Commons and passed the bill.
In an earlier Commons vote on the bill, in July, the government's majority was cut to a record low of 35. This time 62 Labour MPs rebelled, to set a new record low majority of just 17. The government's nervousness was signalled by the return of the minister for sport, …