Magazine article Public Finance

MP Calls for Review of Foundations' Income Policy

Magazine article Public Finance

MP Calls for Review of Foundations' Income Policy

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A senior member of the Commons health select committee has attacked NHS foundation trusts seeking to circumvent caps imposed by Parliament on their private patient income.

Public Finance has discovered that at least four foundations are exploring options to establish third-party bodies to run private patient services. As the bodies will be separate entities, the income will not be consolidated in the trust accounts.

Howard Stoate said such actions were not what Parliament intended when it imposed the cap in the 2003 Health Act He called on the foundation regulator Monitor to review the situation.

'It's deplorable that this is happening, but my worry is that this is what foundation trusts were almost bound to do,' he said. 'Their raison d'être is to generate as much income as they possibly can. …

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