STRUCTURE: North East Ambulance Service Trust has made a foundation trust application to Monitor, and says its earliest possible authorisation date is August 2011.

The trust made its application to Monitor on 7 January after approval from the Department of Health. A board papaer says Monitor has decided to begin assessment in April - “This would mean an earliest proposed authorisation date of 1st August 2011”.

It said the trust was in the process of submitting its 2011-12 contract details and outturn for its 2010-11 contract.