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Published: 14/07/2005, Volume II5, No. 115 Page 20

Chris Born, chief executive, Bristol North primary care trust John Hacking's analysis of primary care trust allocations shows reason to be hopeful that PCTs are moving closer to their target more quickly (Opinion, pages 18-19, 30 June).

Bristol North PCT would certainly welcome this though future PCT mergers are likely to resolve the issue for Bristol. The key question now is how we move to fair indicative commissioning and primary care budgets for GP practices. Huge variations exist here between historical and population based budgets, with deprived areas often coming off worse. This is a far harder nut to crack!