STRUCTURE: The expected date for authorising the South Central Ambulance trust as a foundation trust has slipped by a month to March 2012.

Board  papers for December say: “The foundation trust project is continuing to progress well. Following advice from Monitor our board to board date has been rescheduled for the 31 January to allow additional time for Monitor to gather further evidence for their assessment case.

“This means that the likely authorisation date has now slipped to 1 March 2012.”

The board was told that a “full compliment of governors” has been appointed to the council, and that the “historical due diligence stage” of the application was due to begin in November.

“Whilst there is still further work to do the trust remains in a strong position and is confident of achieving FT authorisation this financial year,” the papers said.