National Institute for Health Protection

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the National Institute for Health Protection (1) to be formally established, and (2) to be fully operational.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The new National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) will bring together the health protection expertise of Public Health England, Joint Biosecurity Centre and NHS Test and Trace under a single leadership. It will start work immediately to boost the United Kingdom’s ability to deal with and recover from COVID-19 and meet health challenges of the coming winter. Although the new leadership arrangements will be in effect immediately, the NIHP will not be formally established until spring 2021, in order to minimise disruption to the vital COVID-19 response work.

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