Should PA Patient Safety Authority be Part of Department of Health?

Earlier this month the board of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority announced that it planned to fight a provision in Governor Corbett’s budget that would cause the Patient Safety Authority to become part of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Patient Safety Authority has expressed concerns that its autonomy and independence would be at risk if it
were to merge with the Department of Health and that patient safety could suffer.

Governor Corbett has said that moving the Patient Safety Authority to the Department of Health would help streamline government. The Governor has also proposed that the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council be moved to the Department of Health.

What do you think about such moves? Do they help streamline government or will they end up thwarting the efforts to improve patient safety in the Commonwealth?