Commissioning 'clusters' could reduce PCTs22nd April 2010
Research by HSJ has indicated that new commissioning “clusters” could foretell a reduction in the number of primary care trusts by up to half.
Seven of the 10 strategic health authority regions in England have now reorganised their PCTs into sub-regional “clusters”, or “health economies” and although most SHAs say the move is primarily designed to strengthen commissioning, some admit it could also help PCTs achieve the targeted 30% reduction in their management costs over the next four years set by this year’s NHS operating framework.
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