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Primary care trusts are likely to “implode” before new structures are in place, doctors’ leader says

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6619 (Published 18 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6619
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Primary care trusts are in danger of “imploding” long before the deadline for their abolition, the chairman of the BMA GPs’ committee told a conference in London.

Expressing fears that the government’s reforms of the NHS in England were going faster than had been intended, Dr Laurence Buckman said that PCTs were in danger of losing their best managers before their formal abolition in 2013.

These managers were needed to make a success of GP commissioning, the cornerstone of the reforms. “We should have done it at a slower pace but I expect it will be a lot faster,” he said. “What worries many of us is seeing good managers made to feel they should flee. They will be needed and the …

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