STRUCTURE: The trust agreed to consider removing Mansfield Community Hospital from its private finance initiative if it could not transfer to the trust under Transforming Community Services.

Although transfer guidance specifically excludes PFI estate from transfer, as MCH is part of the overall PFI contract which is with SFHFT, it was considered that the SHA cluster and Department of Health would support the transfer.

The former chief executive had met with primary care trust leaders who had indicated support for the proposal, and they were seeking legal advice on the feasibility of the transfer.

However, it was noted that the PCT cluster had not referred to the transfer of MCH in their legacy document prepared for the SHA during September 2011. The chief executive undertook to ask the PCT to put in writing their agreement in principle to the transfer, subject to legal issues.