Local control over foundation trusts is “rhetoric”

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7505.1408-d (Published 16 June 2005)
Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1408.5

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  1. Madeleine Brettingham
  1. London

    Primary care trusts are running elections that would be considered “disgraceful” if they took place in local government, a study funded by the Nuffield Trust has said. The report, written by Patricia Day, a senior research fellow, and Rudolf Klein, emeritus professor, at Bath University's Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy, casts doubt on the government's claim that foundation trusts hand power to local people and represent “a new form of social ownership.”

    The six month study examined government discussions before the policy was unveiled in December 2002. As well as information made available by the trusts themselves, the researchers found unsettling evidence of …

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