§ Mr. Winnick
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what more recent representations he has received regarding hospitals opting out of the existing National Health Service management structure.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 12 February at columns22–25. Since then a further four units have expressed interest in NHS trust status and two others have amalgamated. This brings the total number of units which have expressed interest in trust status to 193.