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PCTs should live beyond 2013 to help GP consortiums bed in, says Nuffield trust

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 31 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3379
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Primary care trusts should carry on beyond 2013 to help the new GP commissioning consortiums to develop and offer them strategic guidance, claims a leading health policy think tank.

The Nuffield Trust, which published its response to the government’s listening exercise on English NHS reforms on 27 May, said there was a strong argument to keep primary care trusts (PCTs) despite plans for them to be abolished by April 2013.

It also urged existing disagreements surrounding the Health and Social Care Bill, which will reform the NHS, to be settled quickly so that clinicians, managers, and political leaders could focus on the challenge of meeting financial pressures on the NHS, which has to …

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