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Commission to support government PCT proposals

The Healthcare Commission are to promote compliance with the government's proposals for primary care trusts.

Standards set out by the government in 2004 stated that primary care trusts (PCTs) should be given more flexibility to agree local priorities with partners.

The Healthcare Commission intends to publish comparative information on the performance of PCTs against national and local priorities, so that local communities can see how their PCT is doing.

The Commission say they will maintain one overall assessment for PCTs but plans to score trusts both for how they buy services on behalf of patients and how the provide services.

They hope to provide a clearer independent assessment of PCT's purchasing power.

The Healthcare Commission say they are committed to ensuring that assessment completments rather than duplicates the SHA's role as performance managers of PCTs.
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