TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to scrapping of Public Health England

For immediate release


Responding to the announcement by Matt Hancock that Public Health England will be scrapped, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said:

“This is very welcome news for taxpayers, who for too long have propped up a nannying quango more interested in dictating diets than preparing for a pandemic. 

“PHE’s woeful performance has signified the problems with our vast quango-state in which money is spent frivolously with little accountability.

“The National Institute for Health Protection must prioritise real health emergencies and ensure taxpayers get the maximum possible value for every pound spent.”



TPA spokesmen are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Media contact:

Harry Fone
Media Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, reduce spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. The TaxPayers’ Alliance has previously called for Public Health England to be scrapped.
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