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PCTs will have to pay for turnaround

The Department of Health is to fund 'turnaround teams' charg-ed with cutting PCTs' multi-million pound deficits ­ but only for three months.

After the initial period, the nine PCTs, which have the big-gest debts in the NHS, will have to fund the teams for the following 15 months.

The turnaround teams include experts from City firms McKinsey and KPMG.

Bills are expected to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Pulse revealed earlier this month that the department had no plans to pay for the teams.

But a department spokes-man said it had now agreed with strategic health authorities to fund the first three months of the support in the 18 organisations across the NHS.

He added: 'Organisations will fund the support on the medium-term work.' The spok-esman said he was unable to say exactly how much the department was contributing.

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