A DoH spokeswoman said the new board will ‘combine functions currently provided by the DoH and SHAs, and deliver these in a much more streamlined way.'
The independent board will have regional boards, answerable to a chief executive, said the spokeswoman.
SHAs have reportedly been told they will be abolished by 2012.
The independent board, which featured in the Conservative manifesto, aims to remove political influence from funding allocation and NHS commissioning guidance.
Monitor, which currently regulates foundation trusts, will become an economic regulator of all providers, with the Care Quality Commission regulating quality.
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