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  • Public Health England 'set to be scrapped and replaced over Covid-19 response'

    IMOGEN BRADDICK
    1 hour ago

    Public Health England is reportedly set to be scrapped and replaced by a new organisation set up to specifically to deal with a pandemic.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock will announce this week that the pandemic response work of PHE will be merged with NHS Test and Trace, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

    The paper said the new body will be called the Institute for Health Protection and will become "effective" next month, although it will take until next spring to complete.

    It quoted a senior minister as saying: “We want to bring together the science and the scale in one new body so we can do all we can to stop a second coronavirus spike this autumn.

    "The National Institute for Health Protection’s goal will be simple: to ensure that Britain is one of the best equipped countries in the world to fight the pandemic."

    The reported move follows repeated reports over recent months that ministers have been unhappy and frustrated with PHE’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/heal...-a4525831.html
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