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NHS reaches key milestone in drive towards foundation status

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Half of all NHS acute and mental health trusts have now become foundation trusts, the government has announced.

The total number of foundation trusts has reached 113, including Central Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust which will move to foundation trust status on 1 January 2009.

Health minister Ben Bradshaw said: ‘Half of all eligible acute and mental health trusts have now achieved foundation trust status and this marks a significant milestone in the NHS foundation trust rollout.

‘We want as many acute and mental health trusts as possible to achieve foundation status over the next few years, benefiting from the greater freedom it brings, and delivering innovative new services for patients locally,’ he said.

The government hopes that given more freedom NHS foundation trusts will better shape their health care services around the needs of local people and the requirements of their PCTs.

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