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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. 

National Health Service reorganisation White Paper (1972)

A change of government and a change of secretary of state led to the white paper on National Health Service reorganisation, which outlined significant structural and administrative reform of the healt

The NHS Reorganisation Act 1973

The NHS Reorganisation Act 1973 received royal assent on 5 July 1973 and gave effect to the reforms outlined in the white paper National Health Service reorganisation: England.

The National Health Service (constitution of district health authorities) order 1981

The National Health Service (constitution of district health authorities) order came into force on 1 April 1982 and created 192 district health authorities (DHAs) to replace the 90 area health authori

NHS management inquiry (1983)

Sir Roy Griffiths, a senior manager in the food marketing industry, was asked by the government to lead an inquiry into the effective use and management of manpower and resources.

Working for patients (1989)

The government published the white paper Working for patients in January 1989. The white paper proposed some of the most significant reforms in the history of the NHS.

National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990

The National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 received royal assent on 29 June 1990. The act made provision to split the provision and commissioning (ie purchasing) of healthcare.

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