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2. Foundation trusts were launched in April 2004 and represented a departure in the way health services were held to account. Their formation replaced the traditional accountability of NHS hospitals to the Department of Health and the Secretary of State for Health with a new accountability of foundation trusts to their members, their elected governors and an independent regulator called Monitor.
3. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.