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First NHS trusts awarded foundation status

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 08 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:854
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. London

    The first trusts in England to be awarded foundation status have been named, amid continuing concerns that the policy will worsen inequalities in the NHS.

    The 10 trusts authorised by the body responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts, will still have to meet key national targets, but they will be able to exercise greater autonomy in areas such as setting local priorities and borrowing from commercial sources.

    The successful NHS trusts are Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals, Bradford …

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