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Foundation Hospitals

Volume 400: debated on Wednesday 26 February 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information foundation hospitals will cease to need to provide to their strategic health authority, his Department and other regulatory bodies. [99032]

Paragraphs 3.22 and 3.23 of "A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts" set out our proposals for the provision of financial and statistical information by national health service foundation trusts. Forthcoming legislation will set out the process for defining information requirements for NHS foundation trusts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether foundation trusts can choose not to have modern matrons. [99033]

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that foundation hospitals cannot disestablish modern matron posts. [98592]

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether foundation hospitals will have the right to remove modern matron posts. [98710]

National health service foundation trusts will have freedom to put in place the staffing and management structures that ensure the necessary mix of skills to provide the best standard of care to patients.

Modern matron posts have been a very successful innovation and I would expect foundation trusts to take this into account.