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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 February 2006, 13:25 GMT
Care trusts 'to get council loan'
Cash-strapped primary care trusts (PCTs) in Cambridgeshire are to be offered a loan of up to 2.5m from the county council.

PCTs in the county are facing a total deficit of more than 22m. Cambridge City and South Cambs PCT alone has a shortfall of about 17m.

Cambs County Council is set to offer a loan to one or more of the local PCTs of "no more than 2.5m".

The report on the loan plan goes before the full council on Tuesday.

A report to the council's cabinet committee says local PCTs have approached the council asking for financial support.

In January, Cambridge City and South Cambs PCT announced plans to help save 3m by closing wards and cutting mental health services.

The plan recommended the closure of two patient rehabilitation units and a ward at Fulbourn Hospital, Cambs.

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