Changes to treatment of trauma patients in Greater Manchester
Major changes to the treatment of trauma patients have been launched in Greater Manchester.
Instead of being treated at the Accident & Emergency departments at the nearest hospital, patients will instead be taken directly to specialist major trauma centres.
The NHS estimates up to 20 lives could be saved every year by the new network of centres of excellence.
But some health campaigners have raised concerns that the new system could put lives at risk.
Dr Chris Brookes, a consultant at Salford Royal Hospital, said: "The quality of care will not be diluted in any way by these proposals."