To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS Trust for Hinchingbrooke Hospital plans to pursue its application for Foundation Trust status; what the timetable is for any conversion to Foundation Trust status; whether there will be any differences in the process followed; and what consultation he has had with Monitor on this issue.
Hinchingbrooke Hospital NHS Trust is expected to become, or become part of, a national health service foundation trust. There is currently no agreed timetable for this, which will be determined ahead of the end of the franchise contract when it is anticipated the trust will be ready to move forward to foundation trust status.
All future applicants for foundation trust status will follow the current process to apply to Monitor. There will be no lowering of the standards required to achieve foundation trust status. Through regular meetings with Monitor, (the statutory name of which is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts), the Department is assured that Monitor is aware of the trust's current position.