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The Policy Navigator Library has been designed to provide users with additional information to supplement material discussed in the six timelines. The library includes a list of legislation, organisations and publications. The library does not contain information on every Act or publication mentioned in the timeline, and you may find it easier to view the timelines first before accessing content in this section. 
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Area health authorities (AHAs) and Area Authorities

The NHS Reorganisation Act 1973 created a tier of 90 area health authorities (AHAs), which were responsible for the planning and delivery of healthcare services.

Area teams or local area teams (NHS England)

Area teams, previously known as local area teams, are regional offices of NHS England. There are 27 throughout England.

Boards of Guardians

Boards of Guardians were organisations established by the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834.

British Medical Association (BMA)

The Provincial and Medical Surgical Association was set up in 1832 by Sir Charles Hastings as a ‘friendly and scientific forum’, where medical professionals exchanged knowledge and ideas.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Care Quality Commission was established as an independent, non-departmental public body in 2009 by the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

Care trusts

In 2000, The NHS plan: a plan for investment, a plan for reform proposed the creation of care trusts: organisations which would commission and hold responsibility for local authority health-related fu