Choice and competition
The preparations made to deal with the Second World War in health services were significant.
The white paper The new NHS: modern, dependable was published on 8 December 1997.
The NHS Plan was published on 1 July 2000.
The NHS Future Forum published recommendations relating to choice and competition on 13 June 2011.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 received royal assent on 27 March 2012 after a turbulent passage through Parliament.
Major clinical problems had emerged five years previously at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and in 2009, the secretary of state asked Robert Francis QC to examine the cause of the failures