To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require NHS hospital trusts that do not apply to become Foundation Trusts by March 2011 to open up their clinical and non-clinical services to outside competition from public or private sector providers. [HL4760]
Strategic health authorities (SHAs) are looking at options for those National Health Service trusts which will not be able to make an application for foundation trust status by 31 December 2010. Options may include mergers and reconfigurations to create viable organisations able to achieve foundation status. The aim is that all National Health Service hospitals should ultimately offer services to the foundation trust standard. SHAs have been asked to present options by the end of 2009.