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Government's plans for foundation hospitals come under attack

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 23 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1191
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    NHS foundation hospitals could lead to a two tier health service, with hospitals competing for both patients and staff, critics warned this week.

    Details of the proposed foundation hospitals, outlined in the Queen's speech, were unveiled in the House of Commons last week by the health secretary, Alan Milburn. He said there would be “no cap” on the number of hospitals that could become foundation trusts and that locally elected people would help run the hospitals, which would be free of government control.

    But opponents of the scheme believe it could bring back competition into the health …

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