STRUCTURE: A report to the board of Lewisham Healthcare Trust said that the trust’s foundation trust application would now be discussed at the Department of Health’s October technical committee meetings, which would cause a “three month delay to either April or May 2013”.

The report said: “It was likely that there could be further impact from the ongoing work with South London Healthcare Trust.”

The trust’s tripartite formal agreement with the DH and NHS London said its FT bid would be submitted to the DH in April this year but it delayed until June.

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