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IBMS comment of replacing PHE

The IBMS has issued a comment in response to the government’s announcement that it is replacing Public Health England (PHE) and transferring some functions to the newly established National Institute for Health Protection.

It says: “The IBMS recognises that the current lack of clarity on how the new institute will be structured is causing a great deal of anxiety amongst many of our members who are employed in PHE laboratories and laboratories providing public health support.

“The absence of any details around the new institute that is proposed to replace PHE and Track and Trace leads us to assume that the laboratory staff will still be key to the delivery of the new organisation. To support our members at this time, the IBMS will continue to work with our partners in pathology to highlight any concerns that arise from the government’s plans.

“PHE laboratory staff have been working tirelessly during the pandemic, along with NHS laboratories, and the IBMS thanks our members for the vital contributions they have been making.”

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