Health and Social Security Act 1984

The Health and Social Security Act 1984 received royal assent on 12 July 1984.

In theory, the 1973/74 reorganisation had unified a tripartite service. In fact, area health authorities (AHAs) had never taken on board the family practitioner committees (FPCs).

The 1984 Act made FPCs directly accountable to the Secretary of State for Health (rather than the health authority). The FPCs became employing health authorities, directly contracting with independent contractors to provide:

  • general medical services
  • general dental services
  • general ophthalmic services
  • pharmaceutical services.
Source(s)

House of Commons.
The Health and Social Security Act 1984.
leglisation.gov.uk; 1984.