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The Conservative government started to encourage the privatisation of ancillary services within the NHS

In the autumn on 1979, the Conservative government commenced efforts to encourage the privatisation of ancillary services such as cleaning and laundry by sending a letter to health authorities encoura

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Publication

The Royal Commission on the National Health Service (‘the Merrison report’) was published in July 1979

The Royal Commission on the National Health Service, chaired by Sir Alec Merrison, was established under Labour in 1976 at a time of anxiety about the NHS, finance and pay beds to consider the best us

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Publication

The consultation document Patients First was published in December 1979

The Patients First consultation document was published in December 1979 and largely agreed with the recommendations made by the Royal Commission on the National Health Service in July 1979, which was

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Legislation

The Health Services Act 1980 received royal assent

The outcome of the Patients First consultation was the Health Services Act 1980, which provided for structural reorganisation of the NHS in 1982.

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Legislation

The National Health Service (Constitution of District Health Authorities) order 1981 came into force on 1 April 1982

The National Health Service (Constitution of District Health Authorities) order 1981 came into force on 1 April 1982 and created 192 district health authorities (DHAs) to replace the 90 area health au

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The NHS management inquiry team delivered its report into NHS management practices

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.

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Legislation

The Health and Social Security Act 1984 received royal assent in July 1984

In theory, the 1974 reorganisation had unified a tripartite service. In fact, area health authorities had never taken on board the family practitioner committees.

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The Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, announced that a review of the NHS would be taking place

For several years, NHS reform had been on the Conservative agenda, but there were other, greater priorities.

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