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National Health Service Act 2006

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(1)An application may be made jointly by—

(a)an NHS foundation trust, and

(b)another NHS foundation trust or an NHS trust,

to the regulator for authorisation of the dissolution of the trusts and the transfer of some or all of their property and liabilities to a new NHS foundation trust established under this section.

(2)The application must—

(a)be supported by the Secretary of State if one of the parties to it is an NHS trust,

(b)specify the property and liabilities proposed to be transferred to the new NHS foundation trust,

(c)describe the goods and services which it is proposed should be provided by the new trust, and

(d)be accompanied by a copy of the proposed constitution of the new trust,

and must give any further information which the regulator requires the applicants to give.

(3)The applicants may modify the application with the agreement of the regulator at any time before authorisation is given under this section.

(4)The regulator may—

(a)issue a certificate incorporating the directors of the applicants as a public benefit corporation, and

(b)give an authorisation under this section to the corporation to become an NHS foundation trust,

if the regulator is satisfied as to the following matters.

(5)The matters are that—

(a)the constitution of the new trust will be in accordance with Schedule 7 and will otherwise be appropriate,

(b)the applicants have taken steps to secure that (taken as a whole) the actual membership of any public constituency, and (if there is one) of the patients' constituency, will be representative of those eligible for such membership,

(c)the new trust will be able to provide the goods and services which the authorisation will require it to provide, and

(d)any other requirements which the regulator considers appropriate are met.

(6)In deciding whether it is satisfied as to the matters referred to in subsection (5)(c), the regulator must consider (among other things)—

(a)any report or recommendation in respect of either of the applicants made by the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection,

(b)the financial position of the applicants.

(7)The applicants must consult about the application in accordance with regulations.

(8)In the course of the consultation the applicants must seek the views of—

(a)any Patients' Forum for an applicant,

(b)the staff employed by the applicants,

(c)individuals who live in any area specified in the proposed constitution as the area for a public constituency,

(d)any local authority that would be authorised by the proposed constitution to appoint a member of the board of governors,

(e)if the proposed constitution provides for a patients' constituency, individuals who would be able to apply to become members of that constituency,

(f)any prescribed persons.

(9)The regulator may not give an authorisation under this section unless it is satisfied that the applicants have complied with the regulations.

(10)The certificate is conclusive evidence of incorporation; and the authorisation is conclusive evidence that the corporation is an NHS foundation trust.

(11)On an authorisation being given under this section, the proposed constitution of the NHS foundation trust has effect, but the directors of the applicants may exercise the functions of the trust on its behalf until a board of directors is appointed in accordance with the constitution.

57Section 56: supplementary

(1)Where an authorisation is given under section 56, the regulator must specify the property and liabilities to be transferred to the new NHS foundation trust.

(2)Where such an authorisation is given, the Secretary of State must make an order—

(a)dissolving the trusts in question, and

(b)transferring, or providing for the transfer of, the property and liabilities specified by the regulator to the new NHS foundation trust.

(3)The order may—

(a)transfer, or provide for the transfer of, any of the remaining property or liabilities to the persons mentioned in section 54(3),

(b)include provisions corresponding to those of Schedule 9.

(4)In section 56(1) and (2), and subsections (1) and (2) of this section, “liabilities” includes criminal liabilities; and an order under subsection (3) of this section may transfer any remaining criminal liabilities to any of the bodies mentioned in section 54(4)(a) to (c).

(5)Where one of the parties to an application under section 56 is an NHS trust, the powers conferred on the Secretary of State by Part 3 of Schedule 4 are not exercisable in relation to the trust.

(6)Section 35(4) applies to an authorisation under section 56 as it does in relation to an authorisation under that section.

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