The Liberal Democrats have achieved one of their manifesto pledges by getting a commitment to elected members of PCT boards.

The coalition policy document this morning said “directly elected individuals” would take some places on boards with the rest appointed by “the relevant local authority or authorities”.

There are no details on the relative proportions yet but at his speech to the Royal College of Nursing Congress last month Nick Clegg suggested two-thirds of a board could be elected with one-third appointed councillors.

Chief executives will be appointed by the secretary of state after consultation with the new NHS board, the document said.