Published: 19/09/2002, Volume II2, No. 5823 Page 7

Primary care trusts in Oxfordshire are set to be reconfigured by April, despite disagreement over how to determine the new structure.

The move was set in train by Thames Valley strategic health authority because of 'generally expressed views' among NHS and partner organisations that the 'current configuration was struggling to meet the demands placed on the system by the NHS plan and the expanded role of PCTs'.

A review group of local NHS bodies favoured a reconfiguration merging two pairs of PCTs, preserving clinical networks.

But three out of five PCTs would prefer an option creating three PCTs along the same boundaries as Oxfordshire's district councils.

North East Oxfordshire PCT has also expressed concern about the timescale.Chief executive Geraint Griffiths said clinicians were opposed to 'reconfiguring and stopping the work we have been doing'.

The area has already undergone three reorganisations in four years.