The King's Fund statement on PCT and ambulance trust reorganisation

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Speaking in response to government plans announced today for the reform of primary care trusts (PCTs) and ambulance trusts, The King's Fund chief executive Niall Dickson said:

'We remain unconvinced that a complete reorganisation of the health service at such a crucial time is the right thing to do. However, the move to reduce the number of health organisations was inevitable and is a sensible move for the long term.'

Health Minister Andy Burnham MP announced that the number of PCTs would fall from 303 to 152 on 1 October 2006, while the 31 current ambulance trusts will be merged into 12 from 1 July 2006.

Niall Dickson added: 'Today's announcement should lead to strengthened management within PCTs. And the move to match PCT and local authority boundaries is welcome. The big question is whether or not these structural changes will deliver the £250 million of cost savings that the government has promised.'

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