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The coalition government published its programme for government in May 2010

The coalition: our programme for government set out a set of agreed priorities across a range of domestic policy areas including the health service.

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The coalition government published its first white paper on health, Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS

The Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS white paper was published in July 2010.

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The Healthy lives, healthy people public health white paper was published in November 2010

The coalition government’s first public health white paper, Healthy lives, health people: our strategy for public health in England built on high-level plans outlined in Equity and excellence: l

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The health and social care bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 19 January 2011

The health and social care bill as introduced in January 2011 set out a framework in which health service functions were conferred directly on the organisations responsible for exercising them.

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The House of Commons committee stage started in February 2011 for the Health and Social Care Act

The House of Commons public bill committee had 28 sittings between 8 February and 31 March.

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The public health new responsibility deal was launched in March 2011

The ‘public health new responsibility deal’ was launched in March 2011 and was intended to create a partnership between government, health organisations and business with the aim of improv

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The secretary of state announced a pause in the parliamentary passage of the health and social care bill to undertake a ‘listening exercise’

On 4 April 2011, Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley announced that there would be an eight-week break in the parliamentary passage of the health and social care bill to allow the government

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Healthy lives, healthy people: update and way forward was published in July 2011

This was published in response to the consultation on the public health white paper Healthy lives, healthy people.

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The health and social care bill received its report stage in the House of Commons

The health and social care bill went through the House of Commons’ report stage in two sittings.

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The health and social care bill received its second reading at the House of Lords

The health and social care bill received its second reading at the House of Lords over two sittings.

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The House of Commons Health Select Committee report on public health (twelfth report of session 2010–12) was published in November 2011

The House of Commons Health Select Committee undertook a review of the government’s planned changes to public health.

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Breast implants (PIP) scandal escalated in the UK and Europe

In December 2011, the French government advised women in France with breast implants manufactured by Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) to seek to have their implants removed.

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A public health outcomes framework for England, 2013-2016 was published in January 2012

A public health outcomes framework for England, 2013-2016 set out a range of indicators that were intended to support the system to make improvements in health protection, health improvement and in re

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The health and social care bill finished report stage in the House of Lords on 13 March 2012

The health and social care bill passed the report stage after seven sittings, which ended on 13 March 2012 and followed 15 sittings of the Lords committee, which finished on 21 December 2011. During

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The health and social care bill received its third reading in the House of Lords on 19 March 2012

The issue of Public Health England’s (PHE) status and independence was again discussed by the House of Lords.

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Health and Social Care Act 2012 received royal assent on 27 March 2012

Health and Social Care Act 2012 received royal assent on 27 March 2012

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The Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Teresa May, announced a consultation on cutting alcohol fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour

The government’s alcohol strategy, published in March 2012, included a commitment to introduce a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol, meaning that, for the first time ever in England and Wale

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The use of horsemeat as a substitute for beef was uncovered, sparking outrage over ‘food fraud’

In January 2013, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) published a study revealing that horse DNA had been detected in some beef burger products brought from retail outlets in Ireland, prompting

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The Local Authorities (public health functions and entry to premises by local healthwatch representatives) regulations 2013 were made in March 2013

The secretary of state made regulations in March 2013 which required local authorities to carry out certain public health functions, including: weighing and measuring children in school as part of

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Public Health England was established on 1 April 2013

From 1 April 2013, Public Health England (PHE) was responsible for: supporting the public to protect and improve their health protecting the nation’s health and preparing for public health

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The Department of Health launched a consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products in April 2013

On 16 April 2013, the Department of Health, alongside the other devolved administrations, launched a consultation on standardised packing of tobacco products.

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The threat of antimicrobial resistance was highlighted by the Chief Medical Officer in June 2013

In her annual report, the Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, raised serious concerns about the slow pace of antibiotic development and the threat of growing resistance of diseases to some antibiotic

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The government published its final response to the Francis inquiry in Hard truths: the journey to putting patients first

The government published its final response to the Francis inquiry in Hard truths: the journey to putting patients first on 19 November 2013.

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The House of Commons Health Select Committee published Public Health England – eighth report of session 2013–14 in February 2014

The Health Select Committee reviewed the first seven months of Public Health England’s (PHE) operation and made recommendations to government.

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The government response to the House of Commons Health Committee report on Public Health England (eighth report of session 2013–14) was published

The government, in its Response to the House of Commons Health Committee report on Public Health England, reassured the Health Select Committee that Public Health England (PHE) would be free to commen

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Public health minister Jane Ellison wrote the first ever Public Health England ‘remit letter’

Jane Ellison, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, wrote to Public Health England (PHE) on 11 June 2014 to articulate the government’s expectations of its remit and function

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Elliott review into the integrity and assurance of food supply networks – the final report is published

In June 2013, Professor Chris Elliot was asked to conduct a review into the assurance of food supply networks, and to make recommendations.

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Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond suggested that Ebola was a threat, but that the UK would cope

The 2014 Ebola epidemic was traced back to a two-year-old child in Guinea, who died of the disease on 28 December 2013.

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The first UK citizen contracted Ebola

On 8 August 2014 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Ebola to be an ‘international health emergency’. The first UK citizen to contract Ebola was nurse William Poole, who was flow

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A Spanish nurse became the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa

On 7 October a Spanish nurse became the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa. This raised the alarm in Europe as to whether European countries were prepared to cope with the virus.

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NHS England leaders published the five year Forward View

NHS England leaders published the five year Forward View

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The UK Chief Medical Officers proposed new guidelines to limit the health risks associated with alcohol consumption

At the request of the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), a group of experts were asked to evaluate evidence about the levels and types of harm to health that alcohol can cause.

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The Labour party published Protecting children, empowering all

Labour’s publication Protecting children, empowering all outlined the party’s new approach to public health and some of the health policies Labour would implement if it were to win the 201

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Public Health Minister Jane Ellison announced that MPs would be given a free vote on standardised cigarette packaging

In January 2015 it was announced that MPs would be given a free vote on a law to introduce plain cigarette packaging in England and Wales in 2016 after a series of public consultations on the issue.

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Statutory regulation for non-medical public health specialists occurred for the first time

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) became the statutory regulator for public health specialists from backgrounds other than medicine or dentistry in January 2015, after a consultation proc

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MPs approved the ban on smoking in cars with children

On 13 March 2014 the Children and Families Act was granted royal assent.

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The Conservative Party Manifesto was published

In its 2015 manifesto, the Conservative Party in relation to public health pledged to: Support people to stay healthy, with commitments to end the open display of tobacco, introduce plain cigarett

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Jeremy Hunt was reappointed as the Secretary of State for Health

It was announced on 11 May 2015 that the newly elected Conservative government had reappointed Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health.

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