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July 1956

Clean Air Act 1956

Legislation aimed at tackling the smog and air pollution created by the burning of coal and industrial activities.

March 1962

Royal College of Physicians' 'Smoking and Health' report

The Royal College of Physicians published a report on the link between smoking and cancer of the lung and other diseases, with recommended interventions.


UK's first substantive water fluoridation scheme

Birmingham introduced the first substantive water fluoridation scheme to help prevent tooth decay.


Front seat belts required in new cars

New cars in the UK were required to be fitted with seat belts in the front seat.


NHS Family Planning Act and the Abortion Act

Following changes in societal attitudes in the 1960s, legislation increased access to contraceptive advice and legalised abortion under certain conditions.


Two green papers on structural reform of the NHS

'Administrative structure of the medical and related services in England and Wales' and 'Future structure of the National Health Service in England' proposed the creation of area authorities.

March 1972

Faculty of Public Health

The faculty was set up as a standard setting body for public health professionals in response to a recommendation made by the Royal Commission on Medical Education.

August 1972

'National Health Service reorganisation' white paper

A change of government and a change of secretary of state led to the white paper. This outlined significant structural and administrative reform of the health system.

5 July 1973

NHS Reorganisation Act 1973

The Act gave effect to the structural and administrative reform of the health system outlined in the 1972 white paper on National Health Service reorganisation.