My honourable friend the Minister of State (Andy Burnham) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
Today the chairman of Monitor (the statutory name of which is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts) announced that, in accordance with Section 6 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003, Monitor has decided to authorise South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust as an NHS foundation trust from 1 March.
Monitor's announcement brings the total number of NHS foundation trusts to 59. 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. Further waves of NHS foundation trusts are set to follow, with numbers expected to rise noticeably over the next financial year.