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New wave of NHS foundation trusts to be launched

30th March 2007

A new wave of NHS foundation trusts is being launched to mark the third anniversary of the trusts.

There are nine trusts which will be seeking approval from Monitor, the independent regulator of foundation trusts.

The new NHS trusts are located in Birmingham, Derbyshire, London, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Medway, Northamptonshire, Poole, Taunton and Somerset.

Today, Monitor gave authorisation to Christie hospital, York hospitals and Dorset health care.

Andy Burnham, health minister, said: "I am delighted that nine trusts have now reached a high enough standard to be assessed by monitor.

"This demonstrates how the NHS is working hard to transform themselves into organisations that will give the public, patients and staff real rights and a real say in how healthcare is delivered."

NHS trusts have also been involved in a merger for the first time. The Heart of England trust today announced that it will be taking responsibility of the Good Hope hospital trust.

The merger is seen to represent the benefits of financial independence among foundation trusts.

Mr Burnham said he felt the merger would bring about the best possible care for patients.