My honourable friend the Minister of State, Department of Health (Ben Bradshaw), made the following Written Ministerial Statement on 1 February.
The chairman of Monitor (the statutory name of which is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts) announced this week that, in accordance with Section 35 of the National Health Service Act 2006, Monitor has decided to authorise the following NHS acute and mental health trusts as NHS foundation trusts from 1 February:
Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust;
Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust;
Bolton, Salford and Trafford Mental Health NHS Trust;
Tameside and Glossop NHS Trust; and
Birmingham Women’s Health Care NHS Trust.
Monitor’s announcement brings the total number of NHS foundation trusts to 88. 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. Monitor is now authorising trusts on a monthly basis, and further waves of NHS foundation trusts are set to follow.