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The Commission for Health Improvement published star ratings for primary care trusts (PCTs) for the first time

The Commission for Health Improvement, a regulatory body established in 2000 following the Health Act 1999 and The new NHS: modern, dependable (1997) published star ratings of PCTs for the first time.

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Speech by John Reid, Secretary of State for Health, to the n health network in July 2003

The Secretary of State for Health, John Reid, committed to extending patient choice across the country for those waiting more than six months from 2004.

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The government published Building on the best: choice, responsiveness and equity in the NHS in December 2003

In Building on the best: choice, responsiveness and equity in the NHS, the Department of Health made a number of commitments relating to widening the choice agenda.

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The NHS improvement plan: putting people at the heart of public services was published in June 2004

The NHS improvement plan was published on 24 June 2004 and set out the priorities for the NHS for the period between 2004 and 2008.

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Practice based commissioning: engaging practices in commissioning was published in October 2004

In October 2004, the government published Practice based commissioning: engaging practices in commissioning to outline the Department of Health’s latest thoughts around the role of indicative bu

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Creating a patient-led NHS: delivering the NHS improvement plan was published in March 2005

Following the NHS improvement plan in 2004, Creating the patient-led NHS: delivering the NHS improvement plan was published in order to provide further detail regarding the plan’s implementation

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The circular Commissioning a patient-led NHS was published in July 2005

Sir Nigel Crisp, Chief Executive of the NHS, wrote to all primary care trusts (PCTs), NHS bodies and local authorities in July 2005 to set out plans to develop commissioning.

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The House of Commons Health Committee published its report on Changes to primary care trusts in January 2006

Following the publication of Commissioning a patient-led NHS, a circular from NHS Chief Executive Sir Nigel Crisp, the House of Commons Health Committee launched an inquiry to examine the proposed res

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The Our health, our care, our say white paper was published

The government published its white paper Our health, our care, our say, which set out four aims: providing better prevention services with early interventions giving people more choice and a gre

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The government response to the Health Committee’s report Changes to primary care trusts was published in March 2006

In March 2006, the government responded to Health Committee’s critical report on its proposed reforms to primary care trusts (PCTs).

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The Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt, announced structural reform of strategic health authorities

The Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt, announced structural reform of strategic health authorities (SHAs). The 28 existing SHAs were to be reduced to cover 10 areas.

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The review of commissioning arrangements for specialised services (the ‘Carter Review’) was published in May 2006

The review of commissioning arrangements for specialised services (‘Carter Review’) was published in May 2006.

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It was announced that primary care trusts would be reconfigured, with 303 becoming 152

On 16 May, it was announced that primary care trusts (PCTs) would be reconfigured from 303 organisations down to 152.

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Strategic Health authorities were restructured on 1 July 2006

On 1 July 2006, the 28 strategic health authorities were reduced to 10. 

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Primary care trusts were restructured on 1 October 2006

On 1 October 2006 the 303 primary care trusts were reduced to 152.

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The national specialised commissioning group was established

While many services were commissioned locally, a substantial minority of rarer conditions could only be commissioned across a larger population area.

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