Call for control on foundation trusts

    As 10 more foundation hospitals were approved last week, social
    services directors warned that more safeguards were needed to
    prevent them becoming “rogue partners”.

    Andrew Cozens, president of the Association of Directors of Social
    Services, said he was concerned that foundation hospitals’ greater
    freedoms – including the right to “chase business” – might lead
    them to develop “mutant social care”.

    He added: “We are worried that foundation hospitals would have the
    capacity to develop their own variants on social care without
    regard to the wider framework of services. We were also keen that
    they should not be able to escape from child protection.”

    Cozens said he hoped that amendments to the Children Bill and the
    new regulator for foundation hospitals would provide these
    safeguards.

    Health think-tank the King’s Fund is also concerned that care of
    people with chronic diseases might be jeopardised by the trusts.

    Chief executive Niall Dickson said: “There is a danger that the new
    system of paying hospitals, together with their new foundation
    status, could work against efforts to reduce avoidable
    hospitalisation.”

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