As the prime minister offered public reassurance that the NHS was safe, the Cabinet considered introducing private health insurance and increasing user charges.
6 October 1983
The report of the NHS management inquiry team, led by Sir Roy Griffiths, resulted in the introduction of general management in the NHS.
Academics and system leaders discussed the possibility of a primary health care unit being the budget holder for primary and secondary care.
12 July 1984
The Act made family practitioner committees (FPCs) directly accountable to the Secretary of State for Health.
4 October 1985
Alain Enthoven argued that an internal market model would offer substantial improvements over the existing NHS structures, where referrals were not tied to payment.
21 April 1986
The government proposed financial incentives for GPs to improve primary care.
25 January 1988
The review produced policy ideas including creation of an internal market and GP fundholding. This formed the basis of the 'Working for patients' white paper.
31 January 1989
The white paper proposed significant reforms to the NHS. It introduced a split between the bodies who provided care and those who purchased it, creating an internal market in the NHS.
29 June 1989
The government provided additional detail on the implementation of self-governing hospitals as outlined in the 'Working for patients' white paper.
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