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At least 10 PCTs to be bailed out by peers in 2012-13

At least 10 primary care trusts would face finishing 2012-13 in the red without loans or bailouts from their neighbouring commissioners, HSJ research has found.

Community physio 'first' awarded funding to spread

Community physio 'first' awarded funding to spread

The first community based service for treating a common orthopaedic problem has been found to improve patient experience and reduce costs, and been awarded funding to spread nationally.

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Urgent care centres to lighten London providers' workload

Savings schemes set out by the London clusters entail significant reductions in work done by provider trusts.

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Voluntary redundancies dominate PCT pay-offs

Two thirds of the cost of paying off primary care trust managers to make early financial savings went on allowing them to retire early or volunteer to leave the NHS.

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NHS 111 pilots delayed by legal challenge

Two NHS 111 pilots have been delayed after commissioners decided they had not followed their own procurement procedures and could be at risk of legal challenge.

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Exclusive: London cluster to consult on 'ambitious' reconfiguration plans

NHS North West London will next June consult on “ambitious” reconfiguration plans to move the local health economy “to a more sustainable clinical and financial basis”, HSJ has learned.

New chair designate for super-cluster appointed

New chair designate for super-cluster appointed

A chair designate has been appointed for one of the largest primary care trust clusters in the country.

Minister fires warning shot over cuts to public health capacity

Minister fires warning shot over cuts to PCT public health posts

Public health minister Anne Milton has told primary care trusts not to cut public health capacity, ahead of their transfer to local authorities as part of the government’s health reforms.

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NHS Partners in row over ‘cosy’ deal

The carve-up of primary care trust provider arms has seen mental health and acute trusts pick up the greatest amount of work while the private sector will secure the least.

SHAs to set senior managers' pay of aspirant CFTs

SHAs to set senior managers' pay at aspirant CFTs

NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson’s decision to leave aspirant community foundation trust pay decisions with strategic health authorities could be a barrier to appointments, unions have warned.

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NHS London makes appointment to first set of merged PCTs

NHS London has finalised the new management structure for the first of its merged primary care trusts.

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NHS London to speed up management cost reductions

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

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Eight PCTs to share single management

Representatives of eight London primary care trusts have agreed to put their organisations into three clusters under one management framework, saving £48m.

Care services minister Paul Burstow has launched the first direct payment scheme for personal health budgets

PCTs to 'road test' direct payments to patients

Primary care trusts in London and Liverpool will be among the first to “road test” direct payments for personal health budgets, care services minister Paul Burstow announced today.

Choice of male or female GP still unequal

Choice of male or female GP still unequal

Variations between primary care trusts in the quality of their GP services and how easily patients can access them remain stark.

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Most PCTs meet only ‘minimum requirements’ on resources use

The majority of primary care trusts are meeting only “minimum requirements” in their use of resources, the results of the Audit Commission’s annual test have shown.

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London's acute trusts told to plan for fewer services

London’s hospital trusts are being told to plan their future in a significantly smaller acute sector - or have it dictated to them.

The Department of Health is downplaying Mark Britnell’s departure for the private sector, insisting the world class commissioning programme will not flounder without him.

Mark Britnell move 'will not hit world class commissioning'

The Department of Health is downplaying Mark Britnell’s departure for the private sector, insisting the world class commissioning programme will not flounder without him.

NHS staffing levels 'to remain static'

NHS staffing levels 'to remain static'

Funding shortfalls and cutbacks mean NHS staffing levels will likely remain static at best over the next five years, experts have said.

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‘Weak’ chiefs keep London NHS hospitals in stasis

Hospital chief executives in denial and weak primary care trusts have been blamed for major problems in north London’s hospital sector.