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Primary Care Trusts

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the reorganisation of primary care trusts will necessitate a change in the way resources are allocated in the NHS. (80791)

Revenue allocations are made to primary care trusts (PCTs) on the basis of the relative needs of their populations. The weighted capitation formula is used to determine PCTs' target shares of available resources to enable them to commission similar levels of health services for populations in similar need.

The method used to allocate the 2006-08 revenue allocations to PCTs will not change as a result of the reconfiguration of PCTs. The advisory committee on resource allocation will continue to oversee the development of the allocations formula and will make recommendations to Ministers on any future changes to the weighted capitation formula for PCT revenue allocations post 2007-08.