HC Deb 17 December 2002 vol 396 c784W
Mr. Dobson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if hospital trusts with deficits will be entitled to(a) apply for foundation status and (b) obtain foundation status. [86936]

Mr. Hutton

[holding answer 12 December 2002]: National health service foundation trust status will only be made available to high performing three-star acute and specialist NHS trusts. The application process will entail an independent financial review in which applicants will need to clearly demonstrate a track record of good financial management and be financially viable.