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Health Insight August 2002: Foundation status:  the pros and cons

  Hospitals attaining the glorious three stars in the NHS performance management system face the possibility of applying to become a foundation trust. In London, however, the details of how foundation status will actually work is causing a few arguments among MPs. University College London Hospitals trust is in the constituency of MP Frank Dobson. He is concerned about management and clinicians at the trust being distracted from their main job of treating patients to hiring the services of accountants and lawyers to prepare their application for foundation status. MPs in neighbouring areas are also concerned about the knock-on effects for other primary and tertiary health services in their districts. Some think that it will lead to a two-tier health service with hospitals such as UCLH occupying the top tier and smaller hospitals getting further and further down the star table due to lack of funding.

Source: Health Service Journal 22nd August

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