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NHS: Foundation Trusts

Volume 703: debated on Monday 30 June 2008

My honourable friend the Minister of State, Department of Health (Ben Bradshaw) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The chairman of Monitor—its statutory name is the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts—announced last week that, in accordance with Section 35 of the National Health Service Act 2006, Monitor has decided to authorise the following NHS trusts as NHS foundation trusts from 1 July:

Pennine Care NHS Trust;

Sheffield Care Trust;

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust; and

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust

Monitor’s announcement brings the total number of NHS foundation trusts operating in England to 103. 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 attain the NHS foundation trust standard as soon as practicable. Monitor is authorising NHS foundation trusts on a monthly basis, and further groups of authorisations are set to follow.