NHS managers explore 'plan B' for PCTs

King’s Fund chief executive Chris Ham has said the white paper reforms “may never be implemented” because of failure to convince NHS staff, reach agreement with the British Medical Association or sustain political support.

Primary care trusts are planning to merge into larger organisations. Senior NHS figures have told HSJ they could continue to exist as a “plan B” if proposals to scrap PCTs and strategic health authorities falter.

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