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Foundation trusts still have to prove their worth, say MPs

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2188 (Published 21 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2188
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

    NHS foundation trusts should be independently evaluated to judge their real performance to date, says a report by a cross party group of MPs.

    The report, by the parliamentary health select committee, which looked at foundation trusts and their regulator, Monitor, also calls for the trusts to work more closely with other NHS organisations.

    Foundation trusts, of which there are now 107, were introduced in England in 2004 as a new type of NHS organisation with a greater degree of financial and management freedom from central government.

    For their short inquiry MPs took oral and written evidence from a number of witnesses, including Monitor, academic commentators, and representatives of trusts and other NHS …

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