FINANCE: Darlington primary care trust is quickly developing plans to delegate payment-by-results based budgets to a commissioning consortium.

The PCT has one locality consortium called Darlington. Along with four groups from County Durham PCT, it forms part of one Department of Health pathfinder consortium.

The PCT said there are plans to assign specific staff and associated functions, and payment-by-results based budgets and activity to consortia by 1 April 2011; and running costs are to be agreed by the end of February 2011.