Handing over healthcare budgets to local councils risks creating a postcode lottery for patients, with differing priorities and levels of care between different regions, critics have warned.
It comes after surprise government plans emerged to hand Greater Manchester councils responsibility for its entire £6 billion NHS budget.
Ukip health spokeswoman Louise Bours said the plans opened the door for councillors to use the money for political purposes rather than for the good of the local population.
What the Tories are proposing for Manchester is a recipe for yet another disastrous postcode lottery in the health system.
What qualifications do they have for this role? Who will be accountable? Who can we blame when it all goes wrong?
It will simply lead to the kind of unfairness we have already seen in the Scottish system, when residents there get free prescriptions for instance, while the rest of the country does not.
George Osborne has confirmed the Government is "discussing a plan" to give Greater Manchester control over its entire NHS budget.
The Chancellor called it "a very exciting development", saying: "We have a National Health Service, but we also want to have people in Manchester having greater control over their own affairs."
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Two gun-wielding motorcyclists reportedly seen firing at a van are being sought by Greater Manchester police.
Officers appealed for witnesses to come forward with information about the shooting, which took place in Salford at around 5.50pm yesterday.
The two men were riding an orange motorbike and fired a handgun at a white van before both they fled the scene at the junction of Lower Broughton Road and Frederick Street.
Police said they had no reports anybody had been injured.
Detective Inspector Kenny Blain said: "We are at the early stages of our inquiries and don't yet know if anybody was hurt. I would urge you to come forward if you were injured or involved in this incident.
"The local community will understandably be concerned by this incident and I want to reassure residents that we have an increased police presence in the area.
"If you have any information that would be useful to the investigation than please come forward and speak to us."
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A technical fault has brought down emergency phone lines at Greater Manchester Police, sparking a warning to people to only dial 999 in life-threatening or dangerous situations.
BT engineers are currently investigating alongside the force's own technical team to try to resolve the issue.
GMP is experiencing technical difficulties with the 999 number. Please call 999 only in emergency & avoid 101 until fixed. More soon.
A spokesman for the force said there was a back-up system in place to allow 999 calls through, but said the fault meant capacity was reduced.
He said there "should not be" a problem for people in real emergencies getting through, but urged callers to be sensible.
That is why we are stressing to people to only use the 999 number in real emergencies, so we can make sure those really important calls can get through.
UPDATE: Police say the issue has now been resolved and normal service has resumed.
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My thoughts, prayers and love to Ted, Judy and all of the family. So happy that Ted is in right place... https://t.co/DPla7P3jcC
Comedian Peter Kay has led a standing ovation in support of actor Ted Robbins at the Manchester Arena last night.
The 59-year-old was taken to hospital after he collapsed on stage on the opening night of Phoenix Nights Live on Saturday. A medic came out of the 10,000 sell-out crowd to tend to him before he was taken to hospital. Last night the show went ahead as normal last night.
He remains in a stable condition at Wythenshawe Hospital. His sister Kate tweeted to thank everyone for all their well wishes.
My family totally overwhelmed by the messages of love and support for Ted. Thank you ALL so much x
Ted Robbins is "doing well" and is expected to be "fit and healthy soon" after collapsing on-stage during Phoenix Nights Live, his wife saidRead the full story ›
Still stunned. I love Ted Robbins. A great mate. Get well.
#phoenixnightslive sincere thanks to the quick thinking doctor and medical team who helped our dear friend Ted last night
Come on TED!!!!! The whole dressing room and crew are shouting it out. For one of the nicest , most generous men I have ever met #LEGEND
Tonight's show will be going ahead, if we didn't Ted would kick our arses. Lot's of love for the big man. The Phoenix will rise again!