A plan to transfer some NHS services in Gloucestershire to a social enterprise has been delayed and could be abandoned, according to the local primary care trust.
But it has agreed to reconsider its decision as part of an agreement to halt a judicial review brought by local resident Michael Lloyd with the backing of the pressure group Stroud Against the Cuts.
In a joint statement yesterday, NHS Gloucestershire and Lloyd said it was in the interest of both parties to end legal proceedings. "The PCT recognises that it is important to maintain the confidence of patients, public and staff in decisions concerning NHS services in our county," the statement said.
"Accordingly, and in view of the matters raised in court and without in any way accepting that there is merit in the legal complaints made by Mr Lloyd, the PCT has agreed not to implement its decision to enter into a contract with GCS at this time."
The PCT promised to explore other options, including seeking expressions of interest from other bodies, including other NHS bodies, and will then decide whether to press ahead with the transfer to a community interest company.