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The Policy Navigator Library has been designed to provide users with additional information to supplement material discussed in the six timelines. The library includes a list of legislation, organisations and publications. The library does not contain information on every Act or publication mentioned in the timeline, and you may find it easier to view the timelines first before accessing content in this section. 
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Public Health Act 1848

The Public Health Act 1848 received royal assent following extensive debate on the poor sanitary conditions in Britain.

Public Health Act 1875

The Public Health Act 1875 was largely seen as a mechanism for consolidating all previous Acts of Parliament relating to public health made during the nineteenth century.

The Nurses Registration Act 1919

The Nurses Registration Act of 1919 set up the General Nursing Council, which was established in 1920. The council was required to maintain a register of nurses.

National Health Service Act 1946

The Labour victory in the general election brought a new minister of health – Aneurin Bevan – who rejected previous proposals for local authorities to take control of a national health ser

The NHS Reorganisation Act 1973

The NHS Reorganisation Act 1973 received royal assent on 5 July 1973 and gave effect to the reforms outlined in the white paper National Health Service reorganisation: England.

The National Health Service (constitution of district health authorities) order 1981

The National Health Service (constitution of district health authorities) order came into force on 1 April 1982 and created 192 district health authorities (DHAs) to replace the 90 area health authori