STRUCTURE: North Bristol Trust has decided not to resubmit its foundation trust application to the Department of Health’s technical committee, strategic health authority board papers reveal.

The trust submitted its foundation trust application to the DH in April. However, in July it was announced the trust would be working towards a merger with University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust. At the time the trusttold HSJ it would be continuing with its foundation trust application as a fall back option.

However, a report to NHS South of England’s September board meeting said: “North Bristol Trust has reached the decision to concentrate on the development of a joint business case for the delivery of a merged NHS Foundation Trust, and has chosen not to resubmit to technical committee in September 2012. North Bristol Trust will be returned from the Department of Health to NHS South of England.”