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PCTs to get more cash freedom

Primary care trust budgets for the next three years will be the least ring-fenced in history, the Government said last week.

Primary care tsar Dr David Colin-Thome told Pulse the three-year Comprehensive Spending Review allocations due to be announced at the end of the month include only very limited strictures so as to encourage proper decentralisation of the NHS.

'Not even statins is ring-fenced,' he said.

Primary care organisations will also get their budgets for GPs' computers and premises this month, well before the new GP contract is released.

Information on how the money should be handled in light of the contract will accompany the allocation.

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