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Fewer trusts meeting all quality goals

The number of PCTs showing full compliance with the Healthcare Commission's 24 core standards has fallen for the second successive year, figures published this week reveal.

Just 35 PCTs displayed full compliance with the standards in 2007/8, down eight percentage points from the previous year – although the number showing 90% compliance rose.

Earlier this month ministers announced that for the first time private companies will be brought in to run failing PCTs and hospitals.

Private sector managers could take over trusts identified by the Healthcare Commission as ‘weak' on quality of care and use of resources as early as April 2010.

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