Obtaining corporate information from NHS foundation trusts
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Obtaining corporate information from NHS foundation trusts

Valerie Woodward Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth
Ruth Endacott Professor, Critical care nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth
Rod Sheaff Professor of health policy, Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth
Ray Jones Professor, Health informatics, Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth

Foundation trusts have boards of directors that are responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation, planning services and developing strategy. Unlike non-foundation trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs), foundation trusts are not obliged to hold directors’ board meetings in public. This article describes the online availability and accessibility of the minutes of such meetings in a number of foundation trusts, non-foundation trusts and PCTs. The implications for transparency in the NHS are also discussed.

Nursing Standard. 23, 42,35-37. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.06.23.42.35.c7053

Correspondence

V.A.Woodward@plymouth.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review