Government confirms massive cull of DoH quangos

The government has confirmed it will reduce the number of health quangos from 40 to just nine.

The latest review covers many, but not all, of the 'arm's length bodies' highlighted in a similar review by the DoH in July.

The most high profile quango to be abolished will be the Health Protection Agency (HPA). Its functions will transfer to a new governmental Public Health Service.

The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, which oversees regulators, will become an independent, self-funding body.

A number of minor agencies, such as the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens will become internal committees within the DoH.

Other bodies, such as the Alcohol Education and Research Council, will be closed and re-established as charities.

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