Health and social care

A Short Guide to the Department of Health and NHS England

The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

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This guide is designed to provide a quick and accessible overview of the Department of Health and NHS England and focuses on what they do, how much it costs and key developments in their areas of work.

For further information about the guide, or the NAO’s work, please contact our press office on +44 (0)20 7798 7400 or email

September 2017