STRUCTURE: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells will submit an application for foundation status to the Department of Health in 2013, according to its strategic health authority.

NHS South East Coast board papers suggest that a submission will be made to the DH on 1 April 2013.

The papers state: “The trust is developing plans to ensure that it is fit for purpose to achieve authorisation as a NHSFT.

“The timeline was extended by four months from the September trajectory, to enable the trust to manage the agenda, including the opening of the new PFI hospital.”