Public Health England is axed in favour of new health agency

Public Health England (PHE) was formed in 2013, is an executive agency of the UK responsible for public health activities across England with a mission statement “to protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities”.

The agency has played a large part in England's HIV response through surveillance and the national prevention programme, which provides education and information on HIV prevention and facilitates access to HIV testing. PHE has also been integral to the UK's COVID-19 response.

The UK Government have announced that PHE would be replaced with the National Institute for Health Protection. The new agency will combine the activities of PHE with the National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace service for COVID-19.