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A Primary Care Trust is a NHS Trust which is part of the NHS. PCTs commission primary, community and secondary care from providers. They are responsible for spending around 80% of the total NHS budget. PCTs will be abolished on on 31 March 2013. PCTs have their own budgets and set their own priorities, within the overriding priorities and budgets set by the relevant Strategic Health Authority and the Department of Health. They provide funding for GPs and medical prescriptions; they also commission hospital and mental health services from appropriate NHS trusts or from the private sector.

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