§ Ms Blears
[holding answer 18 March 2003]: The Government recognises that primary care trusts (PCTs) have a crucial role to play in the delivery of effective drug treatment services. It is because of this that mechanisms have been set up to ensure that we have regular contact with PCTs and other key stakeholders.193W
The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) monitors the performance of all drug action team (DAT) members, including PCTs, via a DAT treatment plan, which is completed on an annual basis. Progress against this treatment plan is reviewed by the NTA, with all DAT partners, on a quarterly basis. These regular reviews ensure that all DAT partners are making a positive contribution to the effective delivery of drug treatment services.