STRUCTURE: More than 20 organisations have expressed an interest in taking on community services in Gloucestershire, the primary care trust chief executive has confirmed.

In her report to July’s board Jan Stubbings said the PCT had received 63 replies to its advertisement for expressions of interest in provding community services in the county. Of these, a total of 24 organisations, including NHS bodies, community interest companies, voluntary sector providers and private sector providers had formally confirmed their interest, she said.

The services were originally due to transfer to a specially created community interest company but this was halted following a legal challenge from a local service user. NHS Gloucestershire has been given special dispensation to consider setting up a new NHS trust to provide the community services. A 12 week public consultation on whether to pursue this option or go out to open tender began on 11 July.