Chancellor allows only restricted freedom for foundation hospitals

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 19 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:856
  1. Nicholas Timmins
  1. London

    Last week's settlement over the creation of foundation hospitals in England, the subject of a prolonged dispute between Gordon Brown, the chancellor, and the health secretary, Alan Milburn, might be described as a draw—if one was being charitable to Mr Milburn. But it is plain that the chancellor conceded little.

    Mr Milburn got his desire for foundation hospitals to be created as independent, non-profit distributing, public interest companiesK—outside the NHS, in the sense that their assets will no longer be owned by the secretary of state.

    These hospitals will also be able …

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