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Monitor review of foundation trusts

  • Published date:
    4 August 2011

A review by the regulator Monitor has said that foundation trust hospitals are under mounting financial and waiting list pressures.

In response, a Department of Health spokesperson said:

“This Government is investing an extra £12.5 billion in the NHS. But increasing demands on services also mean we have to modernise the NHS if we want to sustain it and improve the quality of patient care.

“Our NHS Bill strengthens the foundation trust model, ensuring that all hospitals are fit for the future.

“This report shows foundation trusts are prepared for the challenges ahead. Foundation trusts have greater autonomy to innovate new ways of delivering health services – they are truly responsive to patients, not Ministers. But their freedom comes with responsibility and foundation trusts must demonstrate that they are improving outcomes for patients and managing their finances effectively as well as ensuring that waiting times are kept low.”

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