Accountability of foundation trusts in the English NHS: views of directors and governors

Anna Dixon, John Storey, Arturo Alvarez Rosete

Though major policy objectives give greater autonomy to foundation trusts and encourage them to be more accountable to the local population, they continue to look towards the Department of Health rather than to the local population.

Reference:  J Health Serv Res Policy. 2010 Apr;15(2):82-9. Epub 2010 Feb 10

Anna Dixon (The King's Fund Director of Policy), John Storey (Open University), and Arturo Alvarez Rosete (Técnicas de Salud) map and describe the formal accountability relationships of foundation trusts in England and explore the interpretations of these relationships.

They conclude that though major policy objectives give greater autonomy to foundation trusts and encourage them to be more accountable to the local population, they continue to look towards the Department of Health rather than to the local population and its representatives.

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