Monitor has deferred foundation trust applications from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust and Leicestershire Partnership Trust because of quality concerns.

The regulator has deferred the Leicestershire Partnership Trust application for six months and the East of England Ambulance Trust application for a year, saying both had failed to meet the necessary quality thresholds.

In a statement Monitor said the Leicestershire trust had yet to provide it with “sufficient evidence” that it had “appropriate quality governance arrangements in place”.

East of England Ambulance Trust failed its 19-minute response time target and has yet to draw up a response.

The Care Quality Commission has also yet to support the trust’s foundation status bid and Monitor will not authorise a trust without assurance from the CQC.

The GMB union has also announced it is to survey members of staff at the ambulance trust following an increase in allegations of bullying.

Both trusts will need to draw up action plans and begin their implementation before they can be considered again.

Meanwhile, Monitor has authorised West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust’s foundation trust’s application, meaning it becomes a foundation trust on 1 January.

It will take the total number of foundation trusts to 145.