Commissioners are exploring whether they can form a new contract for emergency ambulance services across Greater Manchester.

The region’s clinical commissioning groups currently all hold separate contracts with North West Ambulance Service, which are managed by Blackpool CCG.

Minutes of the Greater Manchester Association of CCGs meeting in December reveal that Bury CCG is leading a proposal for a “Greater Manchester dedicated senior commissioning manager for emergency ambulance service(s)”.

The minutes added: “This supports the potential for a separate Greater Manchester contract by 2017.”

From April, Greater Manchester is set to take on increased responsibility for health and social care budgets, as part of a high profile devolution programme.

Last month, North West Ambulance Service won back a contract for non-emergency patient transport in Greater Manchester, after the current private provider admitted “misreporting” its performance data.