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The coalition government published its plans for government in May 2010

The coalition government published its plans for the health and care system in Coalition: our programme for government, pledging to: increase real-term health spending every year and to cut the co

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The Government response to the Health Select Committee on commissioning was published.

Prior to the May 2010 general election, the Health Select Committee had published a highly critical report into the quality of commissioning and the capability and role of primary care trusts (PCTs).

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The coalition government published its first white paper on health, Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS, in July 2010

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

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The Department of Health updated the principles and rules for cooperation and competition in July 2010

The Department of Health updated the principles and rules for cooperation and competition, first published in 2007, to take into account the coalition government’s plans outlined in Equity and e

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

The government’s first public health white paper, Healthy lives, healthy people: our strategy for public health in England responded to the Fair society, healthy lives report by Sir Michael Marm

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The government published Liberating the NHS: legislative framework and next steps in December 2010

The government published Liberating the NHS: legislative framework and next steps in response to the public consultation on Equity and excellence – liberating the NHS white paper.

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Sir David Nicholson wrote to all NHS chief executives on 15 December 2010 outlining additional detail on the plans for system transition

On 15 December 2010, Sir David Nicholson wrote to NHS chief executives outlining plans for system transition.

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The NHS outcomes framework 2010–2011 was published in December 2010

The first NHS outcomes framework 2010–2011 was published alongside outcomes frameworks for adult social care and public health.

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The Health Select Committee report on commissioning was published in January 2011

The Health Select Committee published its report on commissioning on 18 January 2011, the day before the health and social care bill was introduced in parliament.

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The health and social care bill had its first reading in the House of Commons on 19 January 2011

The health and social care bill was introduced to the House of Commons in its first reading on 19 January 2011.

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The department published PCT cluster implementation guidance in January 2011

Following the publication of Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS, the Department of Health published PCT cluster implementation guidance, which outlined requirements for primary care trusts (PCT

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The Government response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee third report of session 2010–11: commissioning was published in January 2011

The government responded to the concerns set out in the House of Commons Health Select Committee third report of session 2010–11: commissioning.

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The health and social care bill received its second reading in the House of Commons

The health and social care bill in the House of Commons received its second reading on 31 January 2011.

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The health and social care bill’s House of Commons committee stage commenced on 8 February 2011

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

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The Liberal Democrat spring conference 2011 expressed hostility towards the health and social care bill

The government’s health reforms were debated at the Liberal Democrat spring conference with activists lobbying the leadership to amend the health and social care bill. The final report of the c

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The BMA voted against a motion to reject the government’s health reform plans at its special representatives meeting on 15 March 2011

On 15 March 2011, the British Medical Association (BMA) voted against a motion to reject the health and social care bill in its entirety.

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The Health Select Committee published its report on further issues on commissioning in March 2011

The Health Select Committee published its Fifth report – commissioning: further issues in March 2011, part way through the health and social care bill’s passage through the House of Common

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On 4 April 2011, 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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The NHS Future Forum published the Summary report on the proposed changes to the NHS in June 2011

The NHS Future Forum was set up by the government on 6 April 2011 to conduct a listening exercise during the pause in the passage of the health and social care bill.

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The NHS Future Forum published its report on choice and competition in June 2011

The NHS Future Forum published its report Choice and competition: delivering real choice in June 2011, making recommendations which were relevant to the commissioning reforms.  Competition The

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The NHS Future Forum published its report on clinical advice and leadership in June 2011

The NHS Future Forum emphasised the need for the government to strengthen its approach to multi-professional advice and leadership in the health and social care bill in its report Clinical advice and

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The government published its response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee’s report on commissioning: further issues in June 2011

In June 2011, the government published the Government response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee fifth report of session 2010–11: commissioning and responded to the concerns and re

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The government published the Government response to the NHS Future Forum report in June 2011

The government responded to the NHS Future Forum’s recommendations and set out plans to amend the health and social care bill.

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The most controversial aspects of the health and social care bill were ‘re-committed’ for further debate starting on 28 June 2011

Following the NHS Future Forum reports, a number of clauses in the health and social care bill were ‘re-committed’.

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

The health and social care bill completed its House of Commons report stage in two sittings.

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The House of Lords Constitutional Committee suggested that the health and social care bill would risk diluting the government’s constitutional responsibilities with regard to the NHS in September 2011

The House of Lords Constitutional Committee suggested that it was necessary to amend the health and social care bill to remove any doubt that the secretary of state would remain responsible and accoun

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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 in the House of Lords on 11 and 12 October 2011. While introducing the bill to its second reading, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Sta

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The House of Lords committee stage for the health and social care bill began on 25 October 2011

The committee stage for the health and social care bill in the House of Lords lasted 15 sittings, finishing on 21 December 2011.

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The NHS outcomes framework 2012–2013 was published in December 2011

The updated NHS outcomes framework for 2012–2013 was published in December 2011.

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Integration – a report from the NHS Future Forum was published in January 2012

The NHS Future Forum published its report Integration – a report from the NHS Future Forum in January 2012.

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The health and social care bill completed the report stage on 13 March 2012

The health and social care bill completed the report stage on 13 March 2012 after seven sittings commencing on 8 February 2012. Following the Lords committee stage, the government tabled 137 amendmen

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

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

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

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

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Commissioning fact sheet for clinical commissioning groups

The NHS Commissioning Board, later renamed NHS England, issued guidance on what services clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) should be commissioning.

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