Lewisham NHS Trust seeks Foundation status

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust is applying to become a Foundation Trust and has opened a public consultation on the matter.

Foundation Trust status would grant it greater freedom from central government and are run as community co-operatives.

The Trust says:

The Government has said that all NHS organisations have to become Foundation Trusts by 2013. If we fail to do so, for instance if we do not gain enough local support, we will merge with another NHS Trust which has achieved Foundation Trust status already.
We believe that we can meet the needs of the local community best if we remain an independent organisation, run by and for local people. We can do this by becoming a Foundation Trust.
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