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Health secretary defends plans to create foundation hospitals

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:520
  1. Sarah Macdonald
  1. London

    The health secretary, Alan Milburn, wants to make NHS foundation hospital status available to all NHS hospitals in England and says this should be achievable within four or five years. Speaking at a meeting of the health select committee on 4 March, he said, “It has never ever been my view that this has been a policy that will apply to elite hospitals.”

    “Star ratings have shown that some hospitals are good, a few are poor, …

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