STRUCTURE: The NHS Greater Manchester ‘cluster’ of primary care trusts has proposed that it take over responsibility funds held to support the Making it Better reconfiguration of the city’s maternity services.

A report that will be put to the cluster’s board tomorrow states: “In order for NHS Greater Manchester to ensure that Making it Better funds and funds for other networks such as critical care, cancer, cardiac etc are used to best effect, it is proposed that responsibility for these resources transfers to NHS Greater Manchester with effect from 1st April 2012.

“These resources are currently hosted by five PCTs and would be hosted by NHS Salford on behalf of NHS Greater Manchester. The Board is asked to support the establishment of NHS Greater Manchester level resources as proposed.”