HOSPITALS in Greater Manchester could save nearly £22m by reducing avoidable emergency admissions to the national benchmark, a new report says

This is the second biggest potential saving across all regions in the country, the Dr Foster analysis reveals.

Greater Manchester also came third in the country for potential bed day savings, with an estimated 37,342 possible.

The north of England has consistently higher avoidable emergency admission rates after age, sex and deprivation factors have been adjusted for.

For most avoidable emergency admissions, deprivation is a significant factor, according to the the report.

It focuses on emergency admission rates for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions.

The three for which patients are most often admitted in an emergency are influenza and pneumonia, pyelonephritis and kidney/urinary tract infection and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

People living in more deprived areas have much higher admission rates for conditions such as COPD, influenza and pneumonia and ear, nose and throat infections than those in the least deprived areas.