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Lansley denies primary care trusts are in “meltdown” as 2000 managers agree to go

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 24 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6762
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Primary care trusts are not in “meltdown,” the health secretary Andrew Lansley has said, despite figures that show more than 2000 managers have agreed to a voluntary resignation scheme.

Mr Lansley told MPs on the parliamentary health select committee on 23 November that primary care trusts were not, as had been suggested to him, “in meltdown” over the government’s plans to abolish them along with strategic health authorities as GP-led consortiums take control of much of the NHS budget by 2013.

As part of the committee’s inquiry into public expenditure, Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP for mid-Bedfordshire, asked about the impact of the government’s Equity and Excellence white paper published in July (BMJ 2010;341:c3796, doi:10.1136/bmj.c3796) on primary care …

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