Primary Care Trust

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Primary Care Trust (PCT)

one of the bodies which receive government funds to provide health services nationwide. Performance and standards are monitored by strategic Health Authorities. The focus is on community based health services including point of contact services such as the general medical practitioner. Prevention is also within their responsibilities. Secondary care is delivered by, hospitals which are run by, for example, NHS Trusts.
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Developed in 1942 to house medical staff serving in the former Royal Alexandra Hospital in Wroughton, the site was earlier owned by Swindon Primary Care Trust and Great Western Hospital Foundation Trust.
Making staff from Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust redundant cost PS775,000, according to Ministers.
Mr Burnham asked what the cost to the public purse was of staff redundancies in each primary care trust area in 2011-12.
The costs are therefore funded from within strategic health authority and primary care trust allocations, and this is recognised in current NHS plans.
It also offers treatment to NHS patients in a range of specialties, which would be commissioned and funded by the patient's primary care trust.
The three primary trusts - Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust and South Tyneside and Gateshead Primary Care Trusts, have exceeded their annual stop smoking targets.
Chris Bain, from Water Orton, was chairman of the North Warwickshire Primary Care Trust from 2002-2006 and was recently chairman of the Independent Review Panel for NHS West Midlands.
Steph Bennett, head of corporate affairs at NHS Berkshire West said: "The Morgan Cole team demonstrated that it can deliver value for money, but more importantly, provide us with the support we need to ensure that we meet our key objectives which include becoming a world class commissioning primary care trust.
A new surgery has opened at North Huyton Primary Care Trust Resource Centre which combines two previous practices and offers treatment to both private and NHS clients.
Kieron Murphy was suspended by Solihull Primary Care Trust after it launched an investigation after a complaint from a colleague.
They will be replaced by an acute hospitals trust based in Aberdeen and a primary care trust with its headquarters elsewhere in Grampian.

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