Primary care trusts are ahead of schedule for universal coverage of practice-based commissioning, with 173 PCTs classified as introducing PBC at the end of July.

Primary care trusts are ahead of schedule for universal coverage of practice-based commissioning, with 173 PCTs classified as introducing PBC at the end of July. Figures released last week by the Department of Health show that half of the 10 new strategic health authorities are behind timetable, with half ahead. In total,

57 per cent of PCTs have met the four criteria for being classified as implementing PBC. The target was 56 per cent. Only nine of 34 PCTs in Yorkshire and the Humber SHA are compliant, while in London only one of 31 PCTs has yet to implement it.