A SINGLE clinical commissioning group (CCG) could be formed to cover Bradford district and Craven as part of cost-cutting measures.

Currently three groups serve the area – NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven; Bradford City and Bradford District.

But under the proposals, which it is estimated would save about £1 million, the three would be merged.

Public views are now being sought.

Bosses say the plan would not affect any health or care services provided by NHS organisations or councils across the area, but aim to reduce duplication of roles and governance.

Dr James Thomas, clinical chairman of Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, said: "Our main priority is, and always will be, our patients and the health and wellbeing of the local population.

"Having worked together across the three CCGs, with one management team and shared governance, this is the logical next step.

"We will not lose sight of the different needs of our varied communities and we'll work with our new partnerships so that local people’s needs, views and experiences remain at the heart of our decision making."

Between them, the three CCGs plan healthcare services for over 600,000 people.

The proposed new body would bring together 75 GP practices.

Helen Hirst, chief officer for Bradford district and Craven CCGs, said: "All NHS organisations are required to reduce their running costs by 20 per cent by March 31, 2020, which means finding a saving of £2.5 million across Bradford district and Craven.

"By creating one single CCG we estimate we can reduce our costs by around £1 million, which is 40 per cent of the savings we need to make – and it will reduce some of the bureaucracy that running three groups brings."

More details about the proposal are available at airedalewharfedalecravenccg.nhs.uk.

People can give their views online at surveymonkey.com/r/CCGsurvey, by e-mailing consultation@bradford.nhs.uk or writing to the communications team, NHS Bradford CCGs, Scorex House (West), 1 Bolton Road, Bradford BD1 4AS.

The deadline for comments is June 9.

Views will be considered at meetings on June 27 and a decision is expected shortly afterwards.