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Foundation trusts still do not enjoy full autonomy, MPs hear

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a691 (Published 04 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a691
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

    Foundation trusts in England are still struggling to achieve the full autonomy they were promised by the government, despite having been operational for around four years now, MPs have been told.

    MPs on the parliamentary health select committee heard evidence this week as part of a one-off session on foundation trusts and the body that regulates them, Monitor.

    Foundation trusts, which are meant to be independent of central government control, still find it hard to be innovative and to adopt new models of care. Witnesses told the committee that boundaries had been set on what foundation trusts could do but that the review of the NHS published this week by the …

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