NHS London has lost a further three members of its board, leading to crisis talks over its ability to retain enough non executives to pass decisions.

NHS London told HSJ today its non executive members Peter Goldsborough, Cathrin Petty, and Philip Wright had resigned and would leave their posts on 7 July.

The resignations follow those of the strategic health authority’s chair and another non executive board member last month in a direct response to health secretary Andrew Lansley’s move to cancel the capital’s reconfiguration programme.

Last night, HSJ revealed NHS London was in talks with the Department of Health and Appointments Commission amid fears it was losing so many non executives it would be rendered inquorate and unable to pass decisions.

The rules state decisions cannot be passed without one third of the board membership present, including the chair and at least one other non-officer.

The fresh resignations leave the organisation with five executive directors and three non executives. Two of those had been expected to resign but have now confirmed their intention to stay.

Concerns about the SHA becoming inquorate and unable to pass decisions have led to speculation across the NHS in London the SHA could be disbanded.

But a spokesman for the SHA denied the organisation was in “crisis”, saying: “It is business as usual. There are no crisis talks about NHS London. We are very relaxed about it. We are meeting our statutory duties going forward.”

He added: “Three non-executives have confirmed they will stay at NHS London to take forward the changes led by clinicians to improve NHS care in the capital.  We are in discussions with our three non-executives and the Appointments Commission to agree who will become vice chairman of the SHA. 

“This will mean NHS London will continue to be quorate and meet its statutory requirements as a strategic health authority with strong leadership to manage the transition of change within the health service.”