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New UK coalition government culls quangos and ponders new research regulator

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The new UK coalition government is to slash the number of arm's-length bodies, or quangos, in a bid to save £180 million. Among the organisations to face the chop are the Health Protection Agency and the National Patient Safety Agency, while the Human Tissues Authority (HTA) and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) are likely to see their responsibilities transferred to a new research regulator.

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