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Safeguards to restrict foundation hospitals will not be effective, conference told

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 09 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:832
  1. Ann McGuaran
  1. London

    Foundation trusts possess the attitude of private companies with regard to income generation and are a serious threat to equitable front line health services, a conference heard last week.

    The Society for Social Medicine conference (“Developing a framework for equity in the new NHS”) was told of doubts about the effectiveness of safeguards that the government claims to have built into the bill to set up foundation hospitals.

    Professor Allyson Pollock of the public health policy unit at University College London questioned whether the …

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