NHS London is in talks with the Department of Health amid fears it will imminently have too few board members to take constitutionally sound decisions, HSJ has learned.
HSJ has been told a further five non-executive board members are considering their positions and are expected to resign, leaving the SHA facing the likelihood of being rendered inquorate.
NHS managers in the capital have been told one option being discussed is to disband the SHA as it could struggle to recruit fresh board members given DH plans to replace the SHA statutory role with a new independent NHS board by 2012.
The SHA chief executive Ruth Carnall is due to meet NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson to discuss the matter this week.
An NHS London spokesman said the SHA remained quorate at present as its outgoing non-executives would not leave their posts until 7 July.
He added: “We are looking at our options for the future with the Department of Health and Appointments Commission to make sure we continue to have the right people in place to meet our statutory duties.”