STRUCTURE: NHS Suffolk is not expecting to select bidders to provide its community services until the new year.

The timescale for the transfer of Suffolk Community Healthcare services has slipped, partly due to the need to get accurate pension details from the government’s actuary department which is expected to take two months, the board heard.

North Essex Partnership FT has been running services under a short term contract which lasts until April 2012 but has now agreed contingency plans to extend this.