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Support for health merger plans
Plans for a single strategic health authority (SHA) to cover eastern England have received backing from a regional body.

East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) officers recommended that the new organisation replace the three SHAs currently in operation.

They are Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambs SHA, Essex SHA and Beds and Herts SHA.

The EERA meeting on Thursday also supported plans for a single East of England Ambulance Trust.

Could save 7m

At present there are three ambulance trust: East Anglian Ambulance, Essex Ambulance and Bed and Herts Ambulance.

A report to the committee said a single SHA for the East of England could save about 7m which could help fund frontline services.

Plans for a single SHA went out to public consultation in December last year.

EERA is due to pass its recommendations to the government. A final decision is expected from the government by the summer.

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