STRUCTURE: The east London hospital trust is due to vertically integrate the provider arm of NHS Tower Hamlets in July, new board papers reveal.

The Department of Health divestment programme was supposed to see all provider arms separated from their primary care trust by 1 April.

A trust document said the move was: “Vertical integration with the aim of providing clear patient pathways between primary, secondary, tertiary and acute care.”

However, the transfer is dwarfed by the scale of the planned merger with Whipps Cross and Newham university hospitals.

An outline business case with the two acutes is due in May or June and a full case planned for submission to the DH in November.

The process will be chaired by David Palmer, with Barts chief executive Peter Morris as lead chief executive and Dr Lucy Moore, chief executive of Whipps Cross, as integration director.