Health chiefs unveil plan to save £1 billion

Health bosses are aiming to tackle high blood pressure, alcohol abuse and the misuse of antibiotics as part of a bid to save nearly £1 billion.

NHS sustainability and transformation plans in Cheshire and Merseyside aim to make savings of £909 million across the region by 2020.

Simon Banks, chief officer of NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, outlined some of the schemes that are now underway in Runcorn and Widnes as part of STP during a public meeting on Monday.

Addressing Halton People’s Health Forum, Mr Banks said that work was being done to move towards preventative treatment in order to cut costs.He said: “It’s estimated that there will be just shy of a billion pound shortfall in funding if we do nothing so we need a fresh approach to how we tackle causes of poor health.

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