Primary care trusts may have to club together to survive financial challenges, MPs are told

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 15 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7217
  1. Matthew Billingsley
  1. 1BMJ

A cross party group of MPs has expressed doubt about how the NHS in England will deliver savings of £15bn (€18bn; $24bn) to £20bn between 2011 and 2014 “without a clear narrative.”

In its report into public expenditure the parliamentary health select committee says that the government’s spending review (BMJ 2010;341:c5952, doi:10.1136/bmj.c5952) has presented a “unique challenge” to the NHS and social services to maintain the level of care and quality of services while making “unprecedented” efficiency gains.

The report claims that the proposed efficiency savings could have wide implications for the way that primary care trusts are run. Primary care trusts are concerned about the lack of guidance from the government about …

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