Greater Manchester specialist hospital shake-up planned
Up to five specialist hospitals would be created in Greater Manchester under new NHS proposals.
Three hospitals - Salford Royal, The Royal Oldham and Manchester Royal Infirmary - have been earmarked.
And two more from either Bolton, Wigan, Stockport and Wythenshawe could join them.
The specialisms range from emergency surgery to neurology with plans going for public consultation before approval by NHS England.
The proposals are part of the Healthier Together initiative to improve health provision comprising local councils, the NHS and GPs.
A Healthier Together spokesman said: "This is all part of a drive to improve quality across the health and social care sector in Greater Manchester.
"We believe it could save 1,000 lives in five years."
North Manchester, Fairfield in Bury and Tameside would be classed as '"local hospitals" under the proposals, which would carry out planned procedures and general surgery for 96% of patients.
Better access to GPs is also part of the plan and specialist hospitals would work closely and share services with two local hospitals.