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National Health Service Act 2006

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35Authorisation of NHS foundation trusts

(1)The regulator may give an authorisation under this section—

(a)to an NHS trust which has applied under section 33, or

(b)to a public benefit corporation,

if the regulator is satisfied as to the following matters.

(2)The matters are that—

(a)the applicant’s constitution will be in accordance with Schedule 7 and will otherwise be appropriate,

(b)the applicant has 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)there will be a board of governors, and a board of directors, constituted in accordance with the constitution,

(d)the steps necessary to prepare for NHS foundation trust status have been taken,

(e)the applicant will be able to provide the goods and services which the authorisation will require it to provide, and

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

(3)In deciding whether it is satisfied as to the matters referred to in subsection (2)(e), the regulator must consider (among other things)—

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

(b)the financial position of the applicant.

(4)The authorisation may be given on any terms the regulator considers appropriate.

(5)The regulator must not give an authorisation unless it is satisfied that the applicant has sought the views about the application of the following—

(a)if the applicant is an NHS trust, the Patients' Forum for the NHS trust and the staff employed by the NHS trust,

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

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

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

(e)any prescribed persons.

(6)If regulations make provision about consultation, the regulator may not give an authorisation unless it is satisfied that the applicant has complied with the regulations.

(7)The generality of the power in subsection (4) is not affected by the following provisions of this Chapter.

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