WORKFORCE: The Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset primary care trust cluster has warned there may not be enough staff left working in the PCTs to meet the requirements for the clinical commissioning group.

The cluster’s handover document highlights that 20 per cent of the existing workforce are either at retirement age or have the potential to retire in the next five years. The risk register gives the problem a risk rating of 12 and increasing.

The document said directors were “assessing business critical gaps and taking action when required”.

There are currently two CCGs in the cluster patch coterminous with the primary care trusts, however discussions have taken place about the possibility of merging.