Flagship foundation trusts are among those granted conditional registration

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 06 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1893
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    Ten further trusts, including seven foundation trusts, have been told by the Care Quality Commission that they must take urgent action to deal with concerns about safety and quality of care.

    The commission has now registered all 378 trusts, 22 of which have had conditions imposed. Twelve of the 22 are foundation trusts, supposedly a marker of excellence within the NHS. Fifteen are in the acute sector, four are in mental health, two are primary care trusts, and one is an ambulance trust.

    Foundation trusts are not directed by government and have greater freedom to decide their own strategy and the way services are run. They are overseen by Monitor, which said it was “disappointing” that 12 had been registered with conditions. But a Monitor spokesperson added, “However, it is important to bear in mind that these conditions do not provide a rating of a trust’s overall performance but indicate particular areas where improvement is necessary.”

    The spokesperson continued: “We are already well aware of the issues at most of the foundation trusts which have been registered with conditions by the CQC [Care Quality Commission]. We have intervened at four of them and found another one in significant breach of its terms …

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