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[Part II]

Part of Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:58 pm on 20th May 2003.

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Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 5:58 pm, 20th May 2003

I remind the Minister that his argument is somewhat flawed; that policy is, I suspect, being made up as the Government go along. The original intention, before the Government had a rebellion on their hands, was that only three-star hospitals would be able to apply and seek NHS foundation trust status. It was not intended that all hospitals would be able to do that within five years—that was a concession.