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Primary Care Trust (PCT)

On April 1 2013, PCTs were abolished and replaced with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Prior to 1April 2013, Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) were local free-standing NHS statutory bodies, responsible for planning, providing and commissioning health services for the local population. Established under the provisions of the Health Act 1999, they provided all local GP, community and primary care services, and commissioned  hospital services from other NHS trusts. Each PCT was managed by a Board that included local GPs, community nurses and other health care staff, as well as lay members and local authority and health authority representatives.