DoH abandons community services deadline

The DoH has abandoned its deadline for PCTs to decide what to do with their provider arms.

David Nicholson
David Nicholson

PCTs were originally told to come up with plans for how to spin off their comunity service provision by October 2009. The options on the table include creating a social enterprise and integrating them with other NHS organisations.

But in a letter sent to PCT and SHA bosses, NHS chief executive David Nicholson said that 'we will take a more flexible approach to the timetable'.

SHAs will now be in charge of deciding a timetable for developing  and testing the plans, he said.

'This does not represent a change in policy,' he added. 'It is about keeping PCT decisions safe while moving faster, not slower, to deliver transformation.'

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