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Up to two thirds of the 100 trusts yet to reach foundation status will not make it

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4532 (Published 02 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4532
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

More than 100 NHS trusts have yet to achieve foundation status, but up to two thirds are unlikely to get there alone and will need to merge, be taken over by another organisation, or even close, a conference at the King’s Fund has been told.

Candace Imison, deputy director of policy at the King’s Fund, told attendees at an event called “NHS Providers: is Bigger Better?” on 28 June that of the 248 trusts that were originally eligible for foundation status more than 100 have not yet attained that status.

“Actually the FT [foundation trust] pipeline has almost dried up. There have only been seven authorisations per year in the last two years,” she said. “And of that 100, 20 have actually declared that they can’t …

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