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Mergers, Markets and Monitor

An update on NHS Foundation Trusts developments

22 January 2007
As the numbers of NHS Foundation Trusts passes 50, this update consideres the implications of financial failure, trust mergers and the potential for takeovers of and by NHS Foundation Trusts in an increasingly plural health care economy.
It has always been the concern of the RCN that unchecked and lacking public accountability, NHSFTs could have seriously detrimental effects across the wider health and social care economy whilst promoting their own development in the name of the communities that they serve.

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