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.