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Boris Johnson to seize powers from NHS England and hand them to Matt Hancock

Added 07-11-20 04:36:03am EST - “Boris Johnson is planning a radical overhaul of the NHS and has set up a taskforce to 'clip the wings' of chief executive Simon Stevens and hand more power to the Department of Health.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Boris Johnson to seize powers from NHS and hand them to Matt Hancock”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Boris Johnson is planning a radical overhaul of the NHS amid government frustration at the role of the health service's chief executive Simon Stevens during the coronavirus pandemic, it has been claimed. 

To do so, the PM has set up a new taskforce to come up with plans for ministers to regain more direct control over the NHS, after ceding it in 2012, and 'clip the wings' of Stevens. 

The taskforce is made up of senior civil servants and advisers from Downing Street, the Treasury and the Department of Health and social care.  

There has been government frustration, particularly on the part of Health Secretary Matt Hancock, at Stevens' role during the battle against coronavirus. 

The restructuring intends to make Stevens more accountable for how he runs the service, while ensuring power is transferred to the Department of Health.  

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