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“Arm's length” NHS bodies to be abolished in spending cull

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:252
  1. Karen Hébert
  1. BMJ

    In a raft of changes to various health-related government quangos, 18 so called “arm's length” NHS bodies are to be either reconfigured or completely abolished in a government attempt, pre-next year's expected general election, to save at least £500 million ($920m; €760m).

    Among those to be abolished are the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, the National Blood Authority, NHS Estates, the Modernisation Agency and the Health Development Agency.

    Other changes include the abolition of both the Public Health Laboratory Service and the National Radiological Protection Board, whose roles will be assumed by the Health Protection Agency. The work of the NHS Modernisation Agency, which has been at the forefront of …

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