Hertfordshire Primary Care Trusts to merge
|Hertfordshire Primary Care Trusts to merge|
|Wednesday, 03 March 2010 00:00|
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The merger of the PCTs was confirmed by the Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Andy Burnham, this week.
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Since their establishment in October 2006, the Hertfordshire PCTs have shared a single integrated management team working across the two organisations with one chief executive and one set of directors. Many staff work for both organisations.
It is estimated that it currently costs about £0.5m per year extra to support two PCTs and their Boards. The savings created by merging the PCTs will support the PCTs’ drive to improve services for the public.
Stuart Bloom, current Chair of West Hertfordshire PCT has been appointed Chair of the new organisation and seven non-executive directors have also been recruited in recent weeks. A transition board is now in place to prepare for becoming fully operational when the new organisation is in place at the start of April.
The consultation showed a strong local support for the merger and respondents made a number of positive suggestions for improving the effectiveness of local partnership working.
Anne Walker, Chief Executive of the PCTs said:
“I am pleased that the majority of local and countywide organisations gave their support to the merger. Many of the responses contained very positive suggestions of how we develop more and better local engagement with partner organisations such as district councils as well as strengthening the links with county organisations.
“We have challenging times ahead and this decision gives us the platform to explore new innovative ways of working with others making the best use of our joint resources to improve the quality of services for patients”.
As well as efficiency savings, the new Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust - NHS Hertfordshire - will be able to strengthen its countywide joint commissioning of mental health services; specialist learning disability services; drug and alcohol services and child and adolescent mental health services; and children’s services.
The new authority will also be aligned geographically with Hertfordshire LINk. This is the Hertfordshire Local Involvement Network and is a way for local people to have a say about how health and social care services are developed and run.