Carers in Portsmouth praised by charity

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THE NHS in Portsmouth has been praised for its commitment to carers by a leading charity.

The Carers Trust, the UK’s largest charity for carers, randomly surveyed primary care trusts (PCTs) that have published plans and budgets on supporting carers in line with government policy.

The trust highlighted eight PCTs, including NHS Portsmouth, for ‘demonstrating aspects of good practice and providing transparency’.

It also named Portsmouth as being one of the 12 PCTs that had fully met the NHS Operating Framework 2012/13 requirements.

All PCTs are being abolished at the end of March and replaced by GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) as part of the government’s health reforms.

Dr Jim Hogan, the family doctor who is the chief clinical officer for NHS Portsmouth CCG, said: ‘I am delighted that the NHS in the city and our local authority partners have been recognised in this national report.

‘Carers play a crucial part in looking after their loved ones – and it’s no secret that the NHS, local authorities, and society in general would struggle to cope without them.’