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PCTs 'break rules' over Darzi centres

By Ian Quinn

A campaign group claims to have uncovered evidence of PCTs breaching consultation guidelines over the rollout of Lord Darzi's GP led health centres.

The NHS Support Federation, which surveyed all 152 PCTS, found that only 22% of PCTs were explicit in consultation documents about the fact that the new centres could end up being run by commercial providers, despite the Department of Heath ordering PCTs to explain the proposed contractual mechanism.

It also claims that two out of three PCTs did not ask residents if they agreed with the overall plans for a GP-led centres and that 16% provided less than 12 weeks for responses, the minimum set out in the cabinet code on consultation.

A spokesperson for the NHS Support Federation said: ‘The obligation to consult on these proposals is legally defined and recognised by the DH. The DH therefore needs to investigate.'

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