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Proposals to strip trusts of foundation status announced

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Proposals to strip foundation trust status from hospital trusts have been announced by the government, in response to the Mid Staffordshire scandal.

Under the proposals, the health secretary would have the right to request that the foundation trust regulator, Monitor, considers removing foundation trust status if the minister believes the trust is performing extremely poorly.

Monitor would have a week to respond, and if it took no action, it would have to explain why not in a public document.

The proposals say Monitor could also strip a foundation trust of its status without the health secretary’s intervention, but the health secretary would have to approve Monitor’s decision.

The consultation ends on Friday September 18, and responses can be submitted by clicking here.

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