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Failing hospitals to be bailed out

4th September 2008

The government is set to underwrite the assets of hospital trusts in an attempt to prevent them becoming insolvent.

The Department of Health is to issue a consultation paper this month that rules out insolvency for trusts that are failing financially in a package that is seen as a last resort measure for such trusts. It would put measures in place if a foundation trust or an NHS acute trust was seriously financially underperforming or failing to meet minimum clinical or quality standards.

 

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