STRUCTURE: Two commissioning consortia are emerging within the Newcastle primary care trust.

The first is Newcastle Bridges - a pathfinder consortium based on two practice based commissioning groups, with 18 practices and a 161,000 population. Its leader is Dr Guy Pilkington.

The second is TyneHealth, with 15 practices and a 120,000 population, whose GP lead is Dr Relton Cummings.