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Primary care

Primary care is the term for the health services that play a central role in the local community: GPs, pharmacists, dentists and midwives. Primary care providers are usually the first point of contact for a patient. They also follow a patient throughout their care pathway. Primary care trusts (PCTs) in England receive budgets directly from the Department of Health.

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Reorganisation of ambulance trusts, SHAs and PCTs

Primary care trusts (PCTs), ambulance trusts and strategic health authorities (SHAs) are being reorganised as part of the Government's drive to create a patient led NHS.

Our health, our care, our say

This White Paper sets out how health and social care services will change in the future.

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