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NHS Digital and NHSX to merge with NHS England

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It has been revealed that both NHS Digital and NHSX are to be incorporated into NHS England and Improvement.

In a letter to staff, NHS England and Improvement’s chief executive, Amanda Pritchard said: “As a single organisation, we can further accelerate the digital transformation of the NHS and redouble our efforts to address health inequalities...”

Pritchard praised NHSX and NHS Digital for their critical role throughout the pandemic delivering the NHS Covid Pass, Covid vaccine systems, virtual wards and many other innovations.

Going forward she said: “Our Transformation Directorate will continue to lead the digital transformation agenda for the NHS and social care at national and ICS level, alongside colleagues from Improvement and Innovation, Research and Life Sciences.”

In other major changes, Pritchard also announced that Health Education England is to merge with NHS England and Improvement.

Secretary of state for health and social care, Sajid Javid, said:  “To ensure our record NHS investment makes a lasting impact, I am bringing workforce planning and digital transformation into the heart of the NHS."

“These reforms will support our recovery from Covid-19 and help us tackle waiting lists to give patients excellent care in years to come.

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Source: Digital Health, 22 November 2021

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