The chairman of Monitor (the statutory name of which is the Independent Regulator of NHS foundation trusts) announced last week that, in accordance with section 6 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003, Monitor had decided to authorise the following NHS acute trusts as NHS foundation trusts from 1 June:
East Somerset NHS Trust
Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Trust
Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust
Salisbury Healthcare NHS Trust
Southend Hospitals NHS Trust
A sixth applicant, King's College Hospital NHS trust, has asked for further time to develop its application for foundation status. Monitor will consider the application when the trust decides to return to its assessment process.
Monitor's announcement brings the total number of NHS foundation trusts to 40. A copy of Monitor's press notice has been placed in the Library.
The Government remain committed to offering all NHS acute and mental health trusts the opportunity to apply for foundation status as soon as practicable.
A further group of trusts is being considered by Monitor for authorisation by 1 August. This will complete the second wave of foundation trust applications.