Boris Johnson plans radical shake-up of NHS in bid to regain more direct control

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Exclusive: health secretary said to be frustrated by his lack of authority over NHS England boss Simon Stevens

Boris Johnson is planning a radical and politically risky reorganisation of the NHS amid government frustration at the health service’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, the Guardian has learned.

The prime minister has set up a taskforce to devise plans for how ministers can regain much of the direct control over the NHS they lost in 2012 under a controversial shake-up masterminded by Andrew Lansley, the then coalition government health secretary.

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