Last week the DoH published its Framework for Procuring External Support for Commissioners (FESC), enabling private companies to bid to carry out non-medical work.
Hillingdon PCT, which recorded a deficit of £52 million in 2006/7, announced it would press ahead with a tendering process under the FESC imminently.
The move, which is designed to plug gaps in PCT commissioning expertise, has had a cautious welcome from Hillingdon LMC.
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