STRUCTURE: The transfer of primary care trust NHS Blackpool’s provider services to a foundation trust has been delayed until at least May, due to “capacity issues” at FT regulator Monitor.

The planned transfer to Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals FT is one of four in the North West which are not expected to be completed by the March 31 deadline for PCTs to offload their provider arms, according to NHS North West board papers.

However, the strategic health authority paper states: “For Blackpool there is additional assurance that Monitor is undertaking, due to the fact that Blackpool FT is currently in breach with the [regulator’s] compliance framework.”