STRUCTURE: Kent & Medway will not achieve foundation status this financial year, according to its strategic health authority.

NHS South East coast board papers state that Kent & Medway Partnership is being assessed by Monitor for the “earliest possible authorisation” but this will not be in 2010-11 and is to be confirmed.

The papers state: “Monitor did not review the KMPT application at its September 2010 board but has requested the trust complete a clinical review and refresh the financial model in light of the 2011/12 operating framework.

“The trust is considering the deferral period required to provide adequate assurance, but it will not be before April 2011 and the chair has written to the Secretary of State accordingly.”