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Foundation hospital plan defeated in Lords

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1126
  1. Katherine Burke
  1. London

    Plans to create a “super league” of foundation hospitals have faced fresh opposition with a decisive defeat in the House of Lords last week.

    The arrangements to give some English hospital trusts limited operational and financial freedom were to form the basis of the flagship Health and Social Care Bill.

    But Labour and independent peers joined their Conservative and Liberal Democrat colleagues last week to defeat the measure by 150 votes to 100.

    Ministers had trimmed the plans heavily, hoping to ease the bill's passage …

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