Greater Manchester PCTs must save £400m

About £400m must be cut from local health budgets across Greater Manchester in the next four years, trust bosses have been told.

The cuts, which must be made by 2015, are being imposed on trusts which run GP surgeries and health services.

NHS Greater Manchester, established in May to help the region's 10 primary care trusts (PCT) make savings, has outlined the figures.

Nationally the NHS must save £20bn in the same period, its board said.

Under the plans, NHS Manchester must make the largest saving - £66.1m, followed by Tameside and Glossop (£57.6m) and Oldham (£48.9m).

The savings to be made by the remaining seven PCTs are:

  • Ashton, Leigh and Wigan (£46.1m)
  • Bolton (£38.1m)
  • Bury (£34.7m)
  • Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (£32m)
  • Salford (£9.8m)
  • Stockport (£22.7m)
  • Trafford (£46.6m)

NHS Greater Manchester's board agreed that much of the money could be saved through the existing savings programmes within each PCT.

Dr Mike Burrows, chief executive of the newly formed body, admitted it would be tough, but said there was an "urgent need to ensure costs are contained".

"By establishing a Greater Manchester approach to this challenge we will be able to exploit new opportunities and also bring about consistency in the delivery of health services that currently don't exist," said Dr Burrows.

"In this way I believe that patients across Greater Manchester will ultimately benefit.

"Saving £400m is a tough challenge, but I am confident that we can achieve this by working closely with our health economy partners, including GPs and patients, to ensure the local NHS is efficient, effective and safe."

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