PCTs are the new power brokers
‘There is no escaping it: change in the way we care for people in the community is inevitable and happening fast’ was the overwhelming impression created by the Seventh Annual Care Conference ‘Care in the Community’ organised by LCS and sponsored by 3i and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Power is moving from the hospitals which now look an endangered species to PCTs and GPs. If you think your local hospital is safe think again because there is not a single district general hospital whose role is not under consideration and more realistically under threat. And if you are looking to set up innovative services in the community look to the PCTs because that is where the ‘new’ money is going to be held. The challenge will be identifying who within the PCT holds the purse-strings and what services they specifically want as they move away from providing services to commissioning them. It isn’t going to be easy and only those who act swiftly and decisively will succeed.