10 January 2002
The Department of Health published this strategy for combating infectious diseases and proposed to establish a new National Infection Control and Health Protection Agency.
1 April 2002
In a move to devolve central power over the NHS to a local level, SHAs and primary care trusts replaced the department’s regional offices, health authorities and primary care groups.
The government established the NCSC to regulate health and social care services and promote the improvement of quality of services.
17 April 2002
Sir Derek Wanless led a review to examine long-term trends affecting the NHS and to quantify the resources needed to keep it comprehensive and available to all.
18 April 2002
The report outlined progress since the NHS plan, introduced the concept of 'payment by results' and proposed new regulatory bodies for health and social care.
1 May 2002
The SSI started awarding star ratings of council social services departments which ran in parallel with other local authority rating schemes.
25 June 2002
The Act legislated for recommendations made in light of the Bristol inquiry and government proposals in 'Shifting the balance of power within the NHS'.
15 July 2002
The government's reissued public service agreement (PSA) targets focused on reducing waiting times and increasing access.
7 November 2002
The Act made significant changes to the application of competition legislation by giving more independence to the competition authorities.
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