Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:45 pm on 16th October 2003.

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Photo of Baroness Carnegy of Lour Baroness Carnegy of Lour Conservative 12:45 pm, 16th October 2003

In replying to his noble friend Lord Hunt, the Minister will probably remember that in any merger between two foundation trusts there will be attached a huge membership, governors who have been elected by members, and directors who have been appointed by the governors. So there will be a political, with a small "p"—or even, perhaps, with a big "P"—thread running through the discussions on any take-over. When my noble friend Lady Cumberlege refers to aggrieved people, she is thinking about what has happened so far with NHS trusts. However, the grievance may take a more difficult form in a merger of two foundation trusts.