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National Health Service Trusts

Volume 171: debated on Tuesday 1 May 1990

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21.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what benefits there are for hospitals which choose to become National Health Service hospital trusts.

National Health Service trusts will have substantial freedom to manage their own affairs. In particular, they will be free to determine the terms and conditions of service of the staff they employ, to acquire, own and dispose of assets, to borrow money and to retain surpluses. These freedoms will enable trusts to improve the quality of the health care services which they provide and to respond flexibly and effectively to the needs of National Health Service patients.

68.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how services to patients will be affected in those hospitals which choose to become National Health Service hospital trusts.

National Health Service trusts will remain fully part of the National Health Service, but will be given substantial freedom to manage their own affairs. We intend that they should use their powers to improve the quality of the health care which they provide and to respond flexibly and effectively to the needs of general practitioners and National Health Service patients.