Most want PCT shake-up
The English Community Care Association (ECCA), has published the results of its latest poll on the reconfiguration of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). Secretary of State for Health Patricia Hewitt recently announced a further shake-up of PCTs and ECCA’s poll asked whether PCTs should be reduced and reconfigured. A total of 135 people voted in the poll and the results were as follows: # 86.7 per cent of people thought that PCTs should be reduced and reconfigured; # 6.7 per cent of people thought that PCTs should not be reduced nor reconfigured; # 6.7 per cent of people did not know. ECCA chief executive Martin Green said some of the reasoning behind the strong “yes” vote may be to encourage co-terminosity and joint working with local councils to ensure a more integrated approach to health and social care commissioning. “ECCA will monitor the developments both in redesign and in the progress on the practice based commissioning,” said Mr Green.