Foundation trusts in the NHS benefit the UK economy to the tune of £30bn a year, a new report has found.
Forty-two of the 101 NHS providers yet to become foundation trusts will either not do so in their present form, or will breach the current government’s previous authorisation deadline of April 2014.
Health minister Lord Howe has said he is “nervous” about the proposal by Robert Francis QC for individual healthcare staff to be liable for criminal sanctions.
More needs to be done to help financially-troubled hospital trusts before they face going into administration, according to NHS representatives and unions.
The NHS trust sector is looking to cut £1.5bn from its cost base this year in a squeeze that could prompt questions about the viability of some organisations, David Flory has revealed.
HSJ Briefing is our in-depth analysis of key issues facing some of the major NHS health economies. This week we examine the proposed merger between Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals and Poole Hospital foundation trusts
The NHS Trust Development Authority today releases its “accountability framework” setting out how it will work with the NHS trusts that have not yet achieved foundation status.
HSJ Briefing is our in-depth analysis of key issues facing some of the major NHS health economies. This week we examine the state of the foundation trust pipeline in the wake of the Francis inquiry.
An influential committee of MPs has called for “unnecessarily inflexible” restrictions on NHS spending to be “abolished”, to allow providers to invest their accumulated reserves in reforming services.
Monitor has reported a sharp decline in performance of foundation trust accident and emergency departments, with over a third of the sector missing A&E waiting targets in the last three months of 2012.
HM Revenue and Customs is examining hospital trusts’ tax arrangements amid a growing trend to lawfully avoid paying VAT on outpatient drugs, HSJ has learned.
Monitor will no longer use foundation trusts’ operating profitability or surpluses as measures of the financial risk they are carrying, under proposals unveiled by the regulator.
The Office of Fair Trading has moved to take over responsibility for assessing mergers between NHS trusts and foundation trusts, in a development which could have significant implications for the “pipeline” of aspirant FTs.
Monitor has deferred foundation trust applications from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust and Leicestershire Partnership Trust because of quality concerns.
Regulatory authorities, health commissioners and the government will have to take urgent action to stop trusts from becoming financially unstable, the NHS Confederation has warned.
The Monitor board has appointed interim chief executive David Bennett to the permanent role at the foundation trust regulator.
Monitor will today reveal that foundation trusts missed savings targets by nearly 20 per cent in the first quarter of 2012-13.
Acute foundation trusts are planning to increase staff numbers by more than 2,500 this financial year, latest figures released to HSJ show.
The new chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network has called for NHS commissioners to significantly cut the proportion of health funding they leave unspent.
Monitor may need to place some NHS foundation trusts in administration as soon as 2013-14 – the first year its powers to do so take effect, the regulator’s chief operating officer has suggested.
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