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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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Government response to the first report from the Health Committee: Priority setting in the NHS: purchasing (1995)

In its response to the Health Committee’s Priority setting in the NHS report on purchasing, the government agreed with the approach endorsed by the Health Committee (ie that there should be a se

The new NHS: modern, dependable (1997)

The white paper The new NHS: modern, dependable was published on 8 December 1997.

Modernising social services: promoting independence, improving protection, raising standards (1998)

The Department of Health set out plans to establish a new system of regulation and inspection of social care providers in its 1998 white paper on modernising social services.

With respect to old age: long-term care – rights and responsibilities (1999)

The Royal Commission on Long-Term Care was set up on 4 November 1997 to review options of funding for long-term care of older people and make recommendations on how costs of care should be met by indi

The NHS Plan: a plan for investment, a plan for reform (2000)

The NHS Plan was published on 1 July 2000.

Shifting the balance of power within the NHS (2001)

The government published Shifting the balance of power within the NHS in July 2001, the pervading theme of which was the devolution of responsibilities to frontline staff and communities.