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England approves first mental health foundation trusts

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1052
  1. Robert Short
  1. London

    The first three mental health foundation trusts have been authorised in England. Monitor, the UK's independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, has named them as Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and South Staffordshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

    The regulator says that the trusts will be financially viable, well governed, and legally constituted. William Moyes, chairman of Monitor, said, “NHS foundation trust status will allow them to further develop services, taking advantage of the freedoms that …

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