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NHS hospitals ‘could tackle money crisis by becoming charities’

9th September 2009

Foundation hospitals run by the NHS in the UK could tackle money issues and raise revenue from private patients by converting themselves into charities, it has been suggested.

According to Sue Slipman, chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network (FTN), the move could help these medical hubs to avoid “interference” from the government, reports the Guardian.

It may also be a way for them to minimise the impact of a proposed £20 billion expenditure cut within the NHS, she added, as well as help them become more independent of government control.

“There is an argument that real autonomy will only be achieved if the whole asset base is treated in another way,” Ms Slipman told the newspaper.

She furthered that this could be done within a “charitable framework that protected them on behalf of the nation”.

Another figure to comment on the NHS this week is shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley, who claimed that the NHS is “ill prepared” for an autumn outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus.

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