Primary Care Group

Primary Care Group
one of a number of groups of local health-care and social-care professionals, patients, and Health Authority representatives who take devolved responsibility for the health-care needs of their local community. The PCGs aim to improve the health of, and address health inequalities in, their communities; develop primary care and community services across the local area; and advise on, or commission directly, a range of hospital services for patients. They can act at four levels, depending upon their degree of responsibility and independence from their local Health Authority. They were set up in 1999; by 2004 all PCGs are expected to become Primary Care Trust and the role of Health Authorities will become increasingly diminished.

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