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Foundation trust governors need training to take over oversight role from Monitor

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 17 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d325
  1. Nicholas Timmins
  1. 1Financial Times

A major training task is in prospect if the governors of foundation trusts are to be up to the job of keeping their institutions in business, senior health figures are warning.

Under one of the less discussed elements of Andrew Lansley’s plans for the NHS in England, all NHS hospitals are meant to become foundation trusts by 2015, operating as freestanding businesses. Unlike now, however, they will no longer be subject to day to day oversight by Monitor, the regulator of foundation trusts. Instead they and their governors will be responsible for their own fate.

Governors are elected by the “membership” of foundation trusts; the members, in turn, are drawn from patients, staff, and members of the public who have a connection with the hospital. The governors appoint the chair and non-executive directors of foundation trust boards.

David Bennett, the interim chief executive of Monitor, said that it supports …

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