News in brief: Financial deficits increase PCT workload

Financial deficits at local authorities are causing more work for PCTs, according to a survey of PCT chief executives by the NHS Confederation. A total of 54 per cent of the 59 surveyed said local authorities had tightened their eligibility criteria for care. Of this 54 per cent, 43 per cent reported a significant or very significant impact on their services. Detail at www.nhsconfed.org.

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