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Trusts to re-submit FT target dates

10th January 2013

New evidence has arisen which suggests that a number of trusts which are seeking foundation status will fail to meet the original deadline.

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As a result, the NHS Trust Development Authority has asked trusts to re-submit their target dates for attaining foundation status.

The move by the Trust Development Authority (TDA), which from October has been responsible for all non-foundation trusts, effectively acknowledges that many organisations are unable to honour their previous commitments to the Department of Health.

That comes amid analysis from HSJ which suggests more trusts are experiencing delays in completing the “foundation trust pipeline”.

Trust chief executives were required to sign tripartite agreements in September 2011 which committed them to a timetable toward becoming foundations trusts, but already many had slipped against these dates.

Under the new regime, if trusts are not able to meet the date they committed to in 2011, they are now required to commit to a new date.

TDA chief executive David Flory said he remained committed to former health secretary Andrew Lansley’s target of trusts all having attained foundation trust status by April 2014.

A spokesman for the authority said it expected only a “small shift” in trusts’ target dates for becoming foundations but at this stage said it was unable to confirm how many trusts had been escalated or missed application dates.

However, HSJ is claiming its research continues to show that “significant numbers of trusts” are failing to hit the application dates that they gave in their tripartite formal agreements.

 

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