§ Mr. Flannery
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will describe the process by which a hospital decides to show an interest in becoming self-governing.
The Government's proposals for enabling hospitals and other NHS units and services to achieve NHS trust status are set out in the NHS and Community Care Bill. The process was also described in our White Paper "Working for Patients" CM 555, and NHS review working paper 1—"Self-Governing Hospitals" published earlier last year. More details were also given in "Self-governing Hospitals: An initial guide" published last July, copies of which are available in the Library.