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The first care trusts have been launched by heath minister Jacqui Smith. ...
The first care trusts have been launched by heath minister Jacqui Smith.

Four care trusts in Bradford, Camden & Islington, Manchester, and Northumberland have been set up, merging heath and social care as part of the NHS Plan.

Ms Smith said: 'The first care trusts have a strong focus on those with mental health problems - a group that requires a range of services and support across the whole of health and social care.

'Care trusts will focus on the needs of older people, and the trusts will manage their care from acute hospital services through to intermediate care and sustained care at home. The new joined-up services are key to promoting the health and well-being of the more vulnerable people in the community and providing support for their families and carers.'

The Department of Heath expects 10 more care trusts to be set up by April 2003.
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