NHS East Sussex is on course to fully divest its provider arm by the transforming community services deadline of April 2011, its strategic health authority has said.

The primary care trust has proposed integrating East Sussex Community Health Services with East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

In board papers, NHS South East Coast said it had confirmed assurance against TCS tests in December 2010, and that the Department of Health confirmed agreement in January 2011. Final board approvals were planned for February, following due diligence.

The papers state: “The proposal is planned for implementation, subject to final assurances and approvals, by 1st April 2011.”