New head for PCTs

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A CHIEF executive has been appointed to head the area’s primary care trusts for the next two years.

Trusts for Portsmouth, Southampton and Hampshire – which pay for healthcare – have grouped together as a ‘clusters’, in preparation for their abolition in 2013 and GPs take control of the budget.

Hampshire PCT’s chief executive Debbie Fleming has been appointed the chief executive of the group. Other PCT chief executives will be officers of their individual trust.

Mrs Fleming said: ‘Clusters may not be a permanent feature of the NHS landscape, but for the time being, people can be assured that their PCT has taken steps to ensure high quality services continue.’