Regulating Health Care providers
Regulating Health Care Providers
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- All provider organisations such as mental health trusts and hospital trusts to become Foundation Trusts
- Introducing licensing of providers and clinically-led contracting.
What does becoming a Foundation Trust mean?
- A Foundation Trust is a hospital or other health care provider that has more freedom and independence from regulation and management by the Government.
- Local people, patients and the staff can become members and governors, and hold the Trust to account.
- The Trusts are regulated by MONITOR, and independent regulator. (MONITOR will be responsible for licensing all Trusts, regulating providers and support the services delivered).
The proposed changes are designed to:
- Give freedom from top down control
- Allow Trusts to be more responsive to local need
- Encourage innovation
- Provide competition and choice within health care services
With this comes less accountability and a risk of financial failure.