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The NHS Plan was published in July 2000

The NHS Plan was published on 1 July 2000. Like the 1989 white paper Working for patients before it, the plan represented one of the most significant milestones in the history of the NHS.

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The Health and Social Care Act 2001 received royal assent in May 2001

The Health and Social Care Act 2001 allowed local areas to voluntarily establish Care Trusts.

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The white paper on shifting the balance of power was published in July 2001

The government published Shifting the balance of power within the NHS in July 2001, the pervading theme of which was the devolution of responsibilities to frontline staff and communities.

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28 new health authorities covering the whole of England were established, with the 95 existing health authorities abolished on 1 April 2002

28 new health authorities, covering the whole of England, were established in April 2002 when the existing 95 health authorities were abolished.

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Delivering the NHS Plan – next steps on investment, next steps on reform was published in April 2002

The government outlined progress against the NHS plan in the document Delivering the NHS Plan, which was published in 2002. The plan highlighted the fact that there was no national system of financia

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The NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Act (2002) received royal assent in June 2002

The NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 received royal assent on 25 June 2002 and amended the structural framework for health services in England.

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Strategic health authorities were established on 1 October 2002

On 1 October 2002, the 28 new health authorities, which had operated in shadow form since being established in April 2002 following the abolition of the ‘old’ health authorities, were form

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The government published the consultation document Reforming NHS financial flows – introducing payment by results in October 2002

The government published the consultation document Reforming NHS financial flows – introducing payment by results.

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