The Department of Health has named the 17 trusts that will be passed to foundation trust regulator Monitor for authorisation.

The eight acute and specialist trusts and nine mental health trusts are set to receive authorisation from April.

Health minister Lord Warner said: 'Today's announcement is another important step towards delivering the government's commitment to offering all NHS trusts the chance to become foundation trusts at the earliest available opportunity.'

Read the press release here

The Department of Health has named the 17 trusts that will be passed to foundation trust regulator Monitor for authorisation.

The eight acute and specialist trusts and nine mental health trusts are set to receive authorisation from April.

Health minister Lord Warner said: 'Today's announcement is another important step towards delivering the government's commitment to offering all NHS trusts the chance to become foundation trusts at the earliest available opportunity.'

Read the press release here