STRUCTURE: Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust has delayed a consultation on its foundation trust application due to local election “purdah”.

A statement released by the community trust said the delay would “allow more time for responses to be received from local communities”. 

The three month consultation on the trust’s plans to become a community foundation trust was due to end on 9 May 2011.

The trust statement said: “A number of local authorities contacted the trust to say that because of local elections and the obvious time constraints or limitations caused by pre-election ‘purdah’, they had not had an opportunity to consider or comment on the trust’s plans.

“With this in mind, the trust has decided to extend the consultation a further two weeks up to Monday May 23 allowing the local authorities the opportunity to respond.”