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NHS: Foundation Trusts

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hospitals in England (a) are eligible to apply for Foundation Trust status, (b) have Foundation Trust status, and (c) have applied for Foundation Trust status in 2009. [HL2495]

There are 225 acute and mental health trusts eligible to apply for National Health Service foundation trust (NHS FT) status.

As at 1 March 2009 there are 115 NHS FTs.

Applications for NHS FT status must receive the support of the Secretary of State before being passed to Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS FTs, for consideration. In 2009 the following NHS trusts have asked the Secretary of State to support their applications:

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust;

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust;

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust;

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust; and

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.