§ 16. Mr. Jessel
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the progress of national health service trust hospitals.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
A total of 156 NHS trusts are currently operational. A total of 123 applications have so far been received from hospitals and other units to become operational from April 1993. The first wave of NHS trusts are already demonstrating benefits to patients and we see trusts as the management model of the future.