Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How Health Shake-Up Will Give a Tonic to NHS

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How Health Shake-Up Will Give a Tonic to NHS

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THE head of a new NHS body which starts work next week as part of the great health service shake-up has vowed that it will help to cut costs and save public money.

Health chief Leigh Griffin will lead around 550 former primary care trust workers at the newlycreated Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit which will help GPs.

The centre, with headquarters at St James' House in Salford, will be responsible for Pounds 45m of the local NHS budget over the next year.

It will be paid the cash by the 12 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which are replacing primary care trusts and strategic health authorities, to provide them with services - serving 2.8m people across Greater Manchester.

Bosses say that it will help to cut costs by sharing resources - and back office functions, such as human resources, medicines management, finance and information technology.

Mr Griffin, who has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, it will offer some stability in the reformed structure. …

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