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Reid accused of breach of promise over foundation hospitals

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1306
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Foundation status will be given to 57 NHS hospital trusts in the coming year, covering 25% of England's population, the health secretary, John Reid, said last week. Speaking to the chief executives of 25 trusts that are already due to become foundation trusts, he said a further 32 successful applicant trusts will join the programme next October.

    The announcement came a week after the Health and Social Care Bill scraped through the House of Commons by 17 votes, as 62 Labour MPs rebelled against the introduction of this new type of hospital, which will have greater freedom from government control than the old style hospitals.

    Opponents of foundation hospitals accused the health secretary of backtracking on a promise he made to …

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