Primary care trusts have been told to set up new professional executive committees, although it is consulting on a new 'form and function' being introduced next April.

Primary care trusts have been told to set up new professional executive committees, although it is consulting on a new 'form and function' being introduced next April.

A letter from the Department of Health's director general of commissioning Duncan Selbie, to SHA chief executives, says the committees should be established based on existing law. It also announced that the DoH intends to review the role of PECs.

The letter, published as part of David Nicholson's first bulletin as chief executive last week, says that PECs find it difficult to 'evolve' and need to change.

In October the DoH is to consult formally on the shape the committees should take when the new arrangements come into effect from April next year.