Top 10 smallest PCTs by population

The 10 smallest PCTs in England by population

It is PCTs in the north of England that hog most of places on this list of the smallest PCTs by population.

The smallest of the 152 PCTs in England, NHS Hartlepool, serves a population of just 91,434 – around 14 times smaller than the largest PCT in England, NHS Hampshire.

Top 10 smallest primary care trusts (PCTs) in England
Rank PCT Population
1. Hartlepool 91,434
2. Darlington 98,769
3. Bassetlaw 107,261
4. Redcar and Cleveland 132,894
5. Isle of Wight 138,803
6. Torbay 138,853
7. Blackpool 139,449
8. Middlesbrough 144,350
9. Knowsley 149,618
10. Peterborough 150,330

*In post as Secretary of State for Social Services because health was part of the social care department between 1968 and 1988.

** NHS established in 1948 – halfway through Aneurin Bevan’s five-and-a-half-year tenure as health secretary.

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