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NHS Foundation Trusts

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, columns 672-73W, on NHS foundation trusts, what proportion of residents in foundation trust catchment areas are members of foundation trusts. (124536)

Information relating to the proportion of residents who are members of foundation trusts is not held by Monitor (the statutory name of which is the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts) or the Department.

I am advised by the chairman of Monitor that as part of their annual plan submissions to Monitor, national health service foundation trusts are required to report on their plans for securing representative membership. The plans for the 2006-07 financial year are available on Monitor’s website at www.monitor-nhsft.gov.uk

As part of their 2007-08 annual plan submissions to Monitor, NHS foundation trusts will be required to include a more in-depth report on their membership, including an analysis of current membership of the public constituency and a comparison with eligible membership by age, ethnicity and socio-economic groupings. The 2007-08 annual plans are due to be considered by Monitor’s board in July 2007, following which they will be published on Monitor’s website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospital trusts are applying for foundation trust status. (126119)

The Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 provides that an national health service trust may make an application to Monitor (the statutory name of which is the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts) for consideration for authorisation as an NHS foundation trust (NHSFT), if the application is supported by the Secretary of State.

I am advised by the chairman of Monitor that it is currently considering 27 applications from NHS trusts for NHSFT status. Of the 27, nine applications have been deferred from earlier waves, either at the request of the trusts themselves, or by Monitor's board. Applications cannot normally be deferred for a period of more than one year. The remaining 18 trusts received Secretary of State support in December 2006 to go forward to Monitor for potential authorisation from spring 2007 onwards.

A further 12 trusts are preparing to submit an application for NHSFT status to Monitor in 2007. Subject to receiving Secretary of State's support, these trusts will apply to Monitor to be considered for authorisation from summer 2007. Further waves are set to follow.

A list is provided in the following table:

Application status

Trust

Trusts deferred from earlier waves (by Monitor or self deferring)

1

Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust

2

Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust

3

Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust

4

North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

5

North Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust

6

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

7

St Helen's and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust

8

Tameside and Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust

9

York Hospitals NHS Trust

Trusts approved by Secretary of State for potential authorisation by Monitor

1

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust

2

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust

3

Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust

4

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust

5

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

6

Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust

7

Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare NHS Trust

8

Dorset Health Care NHS Trust

9

Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust

10

Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust

11

Leeds Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust

12

Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

13

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

14

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

15

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust

16

Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust

17

West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust

18

Wirral Hospital NHS Trust

Trusts preparing to submit an application to Secretary of State

1

Birmingham Women's Health Care NHS Trust

2

Blackpool, Flyde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust

3

Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust

4

Derbyshire MH NHS Trust

5

East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust

6

Lancashire Care NHS Trust

7

Lincolnshire Partnerships NHS Trust

8

Medway NHS Trust

9

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust

10

Poole Hospital NHS Trust

11

Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust

12

The Cardiothoracic Centre - Liverpool NHS Trust