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Foundation trusts fear that PCTs will renege on payments

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1351
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Many UK foundation hospitals are budgeting for a deficit, some of more than £1m (€1.5m; $1.9m), to cover costs that primary care trusts (PCTs) may not be willing to pay for, despite the services being provided under a legally binding contract.

    That's one of the main messages to emerge from the latest report by Monitor, the government body set up to oversee the finances and governance of established foundation trusts— hospitals in the NHS but which have quasi-independent status and can make more decisions outside of central government control.

    “It is a matter of serious concern to Monitor that NHS foundation trusts consider it necessary to make such provisions,” says Monitor …

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