Trusts set to miss foundation trust deadline12th February 2009
More than 20 hospital and mental health trusts have been warned they are running out of time to become foundation trusts before the deadline of December 2010.
Health Service Journal has compiled the list after NHS chief executive David Nicholson ordered strategic health authorities to estimate the date they expected each of the outstanding 111 non-foundations to apply to the regulator Monitor for authorisation.
Among those included are Royal Cornwall Hospitals, Great Ormond Street Hospital and University Hospitals of Leicester.
Significantly, 12 of those in the worst position are in London.
Trusts unable to meet the deadline face either radical restructuring or becoming part of a "shopping list" for existing foundation trusts looking for takeover opportunities.
Foundation Trust Network director Sue Slipman said: "This will concentrate minds. I'm sure there will be some takers for some of these organisations. Either you focus on becoming a foundation trust or someone else will do it for you. The Department of Health is saying this is the end game and we need to get things moving now."
The only strategic health authority that expects all its trusts to be ready before the deadline is NHS North East.
Elsewhere, even with two years of restructuring and investment to go, SHAs anticipate 20 trusts will not be ready by the deadline.
Applications from trusts with financial deficits are already being ruled out by Monitor.
A Department of Health spokesperson said: "SHAs are continuing to work with trusts to achieve foundation trust status and are identifying those who need more support."
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Title: Trusts set to miss foundation trust deadline
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 10188
Date Added: 12th Feb 2009