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Academic Health Science Centres

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to have defined the criteria for becoming an Academic Health Science Centre, as referred to on page 57 of High Quality Care for All, Cm 7432. (221071)

We are determined to enable the successful development of academic health science centres and will be working on the practical arrangements for the designation process in the coming months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with Monitor on proposals to develop academic health science centres; whether he expects such centres will apply for NHS Foundation Trust status; and if he will make a statement. (221072)

The Department has discussed academic health science centres with Monitor.

As the NHS Next Stage Review sets out, a number of potential governance models have already emerged to suit local circumstances. The Government’s approach will be broadly permissive; we are open to proposals for different forms of governance on a case-by-case basis, including, potentially, changing legislation where this would help an academic health science centre to achieve the optimal governance model to support its success. We will work with interested organisations on this.