Health trusts will not merge - official

PUBLISHED: 06:58 25 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:20 24 May 2010

CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating news that North Somerset and Bristol health services will not merge. Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority wanted to merge North Somerset and Bristol care trusts in a health shake-up designed to save mo

CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating news that North Somerset and Bristol health services will not merge.Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority wanted to merge North Somerset and Bristol care trusts in a health shake-up designed to save money and improve services.But the Government threw out the plans this week, deciding to keep the trusts separate. North Somerset Primary Care Trust (PCT), North Somerset Council and Weston MP John Penrose had all opposed the strategic health authority's plans.PCT chairman Chris Creswick said: "The PCT will continue to enjoy common boundaries with North Somerset Council and this will enable a strong working relationship to be maintained between the two bodies.

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