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Community delays Gloucestershire's NHS community interest company

A legal challenge has allowed protesters to delay the transfer of 3,000 staff from a primary care trust to a new social enterprise.

The legal challenge has left Gloucestershire NHS and the putative social enterprise scrambling. Plans to implement the handover on October 1 were scrapped as a legal response was formulated.

The transfer comes as PCTs separate the commissioning and the provision of services. In Gloucestershire existing NHS staff will transfer to the new body, and will each be given a one penny share. Residents will also be able to become shareholders. As a social enterprise, GCS will reinvest any surplus in the community.