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Private Health Firms

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in the UK have management franchised out to private firms; whether management can be returned to the public sector at any time; and if he will make a statement. [105948]

Following the publication of the 2001 Performance Ratings, six National Health Service Trusts in England had their management franchised to experienced managers from within the NHS. Management of hospitals in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are matters for the devolved Administrations.No NHS trusts have had their management franchised to a private sector organisation.