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NHS England and NHS Improvement

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 139919, tabled on 1 May 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to amalgamate NHS Improvement and NHS England.

Answered on

8 May 2018

As set out under the 2012 Act, NHS England and NHS Improvement have different statutory functions and accountabilities in relation to monitoring and supporting of trusts and clinical commissioning groups. Within this legal framework, they have already taken some steps to ensure their regulatory functions are as streamlined as possible. This includes appointment of shared, associate non-executive directors to chair a joint finance group, as a key way to ensure overall financial balance across the National Health Service. NHS England and NHS Improvement recently announced the intention to go further from September, when there will be increased integration and alignment of national programmes and activities, as well as a move to seven integrated regional teams.

These changes will enable NHS England and NHS Improvement to work even more effectively to support increasingly integrated local health systems and make best use of collective resources. The Government welcomes these steps to deliver more joined-up leadership of the NHS, within the legislative framework set by Parliament.

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