News in brief: No rebate for PCTs

PCTs must continue working under the old NHS resource accounting rules requiring them to pay back the money they have overspent, the DoH confirmed last week. NHS chief executive David Nicholson announced the lifting of the old Resources Accounting and Budgeting rules for acute trusts under which overspent trusts have to pay back debts from a budget reduced by the amount overspent. This has never applied to PCTs.

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