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Latest reorganisation of primary care trusts could create planning blight

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1234
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    Doctors' leaders are concerned that the latest shake-up of primary care trusts in England could create a planning blight that will delay practice based commissioning still further.

    The latest reconfiguration, announced last week, will halve the number of primary care trusts in England, from 303 to 152. The largest trust will now serve a population of 1.25 million. Under the old structure the biggest catchment area was 370 000.

    The health secretary for England and Wales, Patricia Hewitt, said that the new trusts would have greater purchasing power than their predecessors and would save £250m (€370m; $470m) a year through …

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