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NHS foundation trusts

NHS foundation trusts (often referred to as foundation hospitals) are at the cutting edge of the Government's commitment to the decentralisation of public services and the creation of a patient-led NHS. NHS foundation trusts are a new type of NHS trust in England. They have been created to devolve decision-making from central government control to local organisations and communities, so they are more responsive to the needs and wishes of their local people. The introduction of NHS foundation trusts represents a profound change in the history of the NHS and the way in which hospital services are managed and provided.

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Health Committee Report

Response to the Report into NHS Foundation Trusts and Monitor published on 17 October 2008

Membership Governance in NHS Foundation Trusts

An independent review on behalf of ministers, led by Mutuo and the University of Birmingham, into membership governance in NHS foundation trusts

Monitor (opens new window)

Independent Regulator of Foundation Trusts

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