HC Deb 25 February 2003 vol 400 c517W
Dr. Fox

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures foundation hospitals will be able to use to recruit and retain staff. [97305]

Ms Blears

[holding answer 13 February 2003]: As set out in "A Guide to NHS Foundation Trusts", paragraph 6.1, National Health Service foundation trusts will have the freedom to recruit and employ their own staff. In developing recruitment and retention policies that recognise local needs they will have flexibility to adopt measures within the framework set out in licence and forthcoming legislation, including the statutory duty of partnership.