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NHS Foundation Trusts

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost has been of establishing an NHS hospital as a foundation trust. (146252)

Information on the cost of a national health service trust preparing an application for NHS foundation trust (NHSFT) status is not held centrally, as costs will vary from trust to trust.

The decision on when to apply for foundation status is one which is taken locally. Applicant trusts are responsible for meeting the costs associated with their application and establishment as a NHSFT. The continued rollout of NHSFTs provides for the sharing of information and best practice between applicants and NHSFTs. The Department also continues to provide a centrally provided programme of support.