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Council and health chiefs merge to save Blackburn £2m

Blackburn Town Hall
Image caption A single chief executive will lead the combined services

Senior management at Blackburn Council and the town's primary health services are to merge in an attempt to make savings of £2m.

The re-organisation is being carried out to reduce cuts in front line services, the council said.

Blackburn with Darwen council said the savings would be made through cutting managerial posts but could not say how many jobs will be lost.

One chief executive will lead the new management team.

It follows the authorities' merger of health and social care services in April, with the creation of Blackburn with Darwen Teaching Care Trust Plus.

The new model, which is recommended for approval when it goes to the council's executive board and the Care Trust Plus board on 8 July, has been developed after consultation with board members and GPs.

Sir Bill Taylor, chair of the Care Trust Plus Board, said: "We all want more money spending on actual services and less on administration.

"The collaboration will bring about real and immediate savings and patient benefits."

Council Leader Michael Lee said: "Our partnership with the NHS in Blackburn with Darwen has a long and successful history and while we have to recognise the current economic situation we all face, this about far more than just making savings.

"It is a chance to reshape service delivery in the interest of the local community and protect services."

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