STRUCTURE: Delays in foundation trust regulator Monitor’s assessment could hold up of West Essex PCT’s provider arm divestment.

The PCT’s business plan for 2011-12 said: “The target date of April 2011 for the PCT to divest itself of the provider community services may not now be achievable due to the delay in Monitor’s assessment of South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, who is the PCT’s preferred acquirer of the community services.”

It said arrangements would need to be put in place should the transfer not take place by the new financial year up until the time of transfer.

“Until that time, the PCT remains accountable for these services”, it added.