§ 28. Mr. Stevens
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has received any expressions of interest from hospitals wishing to become self-governing trusts in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Needham
Formal applications to become a self-governing trust can be invited only after Parliament has approved the necessary Northern Ireland legislation. However, to date the following have expressed an interest in exploring the implications of self-governing status:
- 1. Downe Hospital, Downpatrick
- 2. The Royal Group of Hospitals
- 3. The Ulster, North Down and Ards Hospitals Unit of Management.
- 4. Craigavon Area Hospital Group
The management executive for the health and personal social services will be discussing expressions of interest with the hospitals concerned with a view to identifying which candidates should be encouraged to develop formal business plans.