Health Protection Agency among DoH quangos to be scrapped

Health secretary Andrew Lansley (pictured) is to cut the number of DoH agencies in half following a review.

Following the Conservatives’ pre-election ‘bonfire of the quangos’ pledge, Mr Lansley’s review will reduce the number of arms-length bodies from 18 to between eight and 10.

Among the more high-profile bodies to be abolished are the Health Protection Agency and the National Patient Safety Agency.

Other agencies, such as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, will be removed from under DoH control and become self-funded.

Six bodies are identified as having a 'clear future' in the review, they are Monitor, the Care Quality Commission, NICE, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the NHS Information Centre and NHS Blood and Transplant.

Mr Lansley said he expects the reform of arms length bodies to ‘deliver savings of over £180m by 2014/15’.

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