In theory, the 1974 reorganisation had unified a tripartite service. In fact, area health authorities had never taken on board the family practitioner committees. The Health and Social Security Act 1984 received royal assent on 12 July 1984. The act made family practitioner committees (FPCs) directly accountable to the Secretary of State for Health (rather than the health authority). The FPCs became employing health authorities, continuing to contract directly with independent contractors to provide general medical services, general dental services, general ophthalmic services and pharmaceutical services.
Prime Minister: Margaret Thatcher
Health and Social Services Minister: Norman Fowler