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Primary Care Trusts

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will extend the deadline before which primary care trusts must name their preferred option for their future organisational structure for the purposes of his Transforming Community Services programme to a date later than the end of March 2010; (317021)

(2) what factors he took into account in determining the timetable for the Transforming Community Services programme; and if he will make a statement.

There are no plans to extend the deadline set in the NHS Operating Framework 2010-11 for primary care trusts (PCTs) to agree their proposals for the future organisational form of all current PCT-provided community services with their strategic health authority.

When determining the timetable for planning and implementing proposals for the future form of PCT-provided community services, the Department took account of the need to create greater stability within community services to provide certainty for community service staff and a firm foundation for service transformation. Consideration was given to the pivotal role community services play in helping the national health service to meet the productivity and quality challenge. This will enable the NHS to accelerate service integration to deliver the vision of more integrated care delivered closer to home, as set out in NHS 2010-2015: from good to great. Preventative, people-centred, productive.

The Operating Framework 2010-11 and NHS 2010-2015: from good to great. Preventative, people-centred, productive have already been placed in the Library and are also available on the Department's website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/index.htm