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Primary care trusts are warned against making “unthinking cuts” in face of credit crunch

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1762 (Published 29 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1762
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

Primary care trusts have been warned that compromising on the transformation of community services, a process that is key to the government’s quality and choice agenda for primary care, will prove a costly mistake in the long run.

The warning was issued at the spring conference of the NHS Alliance on 23 April, amid fears that trusts are looking to shore up their finances so as to weather the credit crunch and the swingeing cuts in NHS funding that will come after 2011 (BMJ 2009;338:b1754, doi:10.1136/bmj.b1754).

“We are entering a more financially challenged era, and some [ask whether] . . . …

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