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St Helens and Knowsley Health Authority

Health written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the North West Strategic Health Authority has proposed the tendering of the management of the St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust in the course of its discussions with the Trust on a tripartite agreement.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

holding answer 10 May 2011

As stated in my reply to Mr Watts of 4 May 2011, Hansard, columns 857-58W, the North West Strategic Health Authority has undertaken discussions with St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals National Health Service Trust regarding its progress towards achieving foundation trust status, and did raise a number of options for the trust's long-term future. These ranged from a successful application in their own right including resolution of the private finance initiative issue, a partnership with one or more national health service organisations and finally, if all other options were unsuccessful, a public/private partnership. This final option would only be for management with all NHS staff and assets remaining wholly owned by the NHS.

None of these options have yet been agreed as the Tripartite Formal Agreement remains in draft and is being discussed with the Department. When it has been finalised and the agreement has been signed by all parties, the trust will publish the agreement on their website.

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