Primary Care Trusts

Health written question – answered on 29th June 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Chidgey Mr David Chidgey Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the merging of management organisations of primary care trusts is under consideration; and what guidelines NHS strategic health authorities are required to follow with regard to (a) preparing and presenting a business case, (b) preparing and presenting a statement of quantifiable benefits, (c) analysing human and financial resources, (d) undertaking formal public consultations and (e) tailoring structural changes to avoid the need for a statutory instrument.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

holding answer 24 June 2004

There are currently no plans to issue departmental guidelines for the merging of management resources within primary care trusts (PCTs). If it makes sense locally to share management resources across PCTs, this is a decision for the local strategic health authority in discussion with its PCTs.

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