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Bath's Royal United Hospital gets foundation status

The RUH has won Foundation Trust status Credit: ITV News

The Royal United Hospital in Bath has been granted Foundation Trust status.

It means the Trust will have greater financial freedom and can decide how to improve services away from government control. The move was put back a year in 2013 after a highly critical report on the hospital from the Care Quality Commission.

Foundation Trusts are still very much part of the NHS but they have more autonomy. What that means is, going forward, decisions about the future services the RUH provide will be made in the RUH.

It's much more about working with our patients and the wider community and getting them to help us shape our future going forward.

– James Scott, Chief Executive, Royal United Hospital

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Bath hospital launches new appeal

The RUH needs to raise £20 million for the new cancer treatment centre. Credit: ITV News

The Royal United Hospital is launching a new appeal to raise money for a new £20 million cancer centre.

The hospital treats around 200 new cancer patients each year. The new 'Be a Brick' Scheme is being backed by television actress Brenda Blethyn.