NHS Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) were created in 2002 to commission health services for their local populations, and are currently responsible for controlling about 80 per cent of the Ap76 billion NHS annual budget. In addition, PCTs have responsibility for public health, and many also provide community-based health services such as district nursing and community hospitals. The Committee's report examines the Government's proposals (set out in the Department of Health paper 'Commissioning a Patient-led NHS' published in July 2005, which can be downloaded at http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/11/67/17/04116717.pdf) to cut the number of PCTs and to contract out community health services by the end of 2008. The report raises a number of serious concerns about the proposals, including in relation to: failings in the consultation process; the impact of PCT restructuring and divestment of provider services; and the likelihood that the estimated financial savings of Ap250 million will be achieved.health service. Wc represent over 60.000 NHS stallaquot; working in Primary Care Trusts, across a range of occupational groups including occupational therapy, ... In addition, wc have growing numbers of members delivering primary and community care services for the voluntary sector, and as part of new ... Audi I Commission.
|Title||:||Changes to Primary Care Trusts|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2006-01-01|