STRUCTURE: The south west London hospital trust said an extraordinary trust board meeting will be held “in private in mid March to determine the way forward” to foundation trust status.

The acute trust, which is one of seven listed by the Department of Health, as financially challenged, must submit a “tripartite formal agreement” between itself, NHS London and the Department of Health by the end of March “setting out the pathway to FT status”.

HSJ reported last month how NHS Richmond and Twickenham’s Professional Executive Committee had said WMUH had “indicated [to it] that it is not possible to develop a sustainable application and will not be progressing to an independent FT application”.

This was not denied by the trust and would imply either a merger or acquisition by either an existing foundation trust or a joint application to become one with a non-foundation.

HSJ understands two options being considered would be some form of link-up with either St George’s Healthcare Trust or Imperial College Healthcare Trust.

The board papers also noted the turnaround plan being worked on by the trust, which has a PFI development.

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