London strategic health authority is bringing forward a planned £50m cut in its management costs by a year.

NHS London has announced it will make the cuts initially earmarked for 2012-13 in 2011-12, meaning it will slash management costs by a total £180m in the next 18 months.

In a statement the authority said the capital’s 31 primary care trusts would integrate their management teams “building on the six sectors already established last year.”

A spokesman said PCTs were “still establishing” what the plan to cut management costs by 54 per cent against the capital’s 2008-09 baseline would mean in terms of post reductions.

He said: “The NHS in London is sensibly planning ahead while we wait for the white paper to be considered by parliament and the public consultation is completed.

“To do this we are proposing releasing up to £50m a year earlier than we’d planned to support GP commissioning. [This will] will strip out duplication where it exists and reinvest that money in supporting GPs in their proposed new role.”

The first official management re-organisation on sector lines was announced last month in north west London (news, page six, 23 September).

A joint committee of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Brent and Harrow PCTs agreed to be managed by three sub-clusters.

Each will have a shared management team and chief executive, who will sit on an overall executive with joint committee head and NHS London deputy chief executive Anne Rainsberry.

This removes the need for five of the eight current chief executive posts.

The merger model is being replicated elsewhere. Last week NHS South East Essex and NHS South West Essex agreed to formed a cluster under the leadership of a single chief executive. 

NHS Mid Essex, NHS North East Essex and NHS West Essex announced similar cluster in September, which means the county’s five PCTs have now effectively split into two clusters.