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Milburn plans for foundation PCTs

GPs have warned Health Secretary Alan Milburn not to

pursue plans to extend foundation status from hospitals to PCTs.

Last week Mr Milburn confirmed that PCTs would be able to seek foundation status. 'In time we will do that,' he told Parliament.

Foundation status would mean high-performing trusts would be run by an independent board of governors, which could potentially comprise GPs.

The trust would be free to commission and supply NHS services, without Government interference.

Dr Julian Neal, chair of the GPC's primary care development sub-committee, complained that GPs were already suffering from change fatigue.

'For heaven's sake, not more change,' he said.

'PCTs are immature organisations and have not been around for very long,' he added.

The proposals for hospitals achieving foundation status have also led to claims that the Government is preparing a return to the internal market.

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