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30 August 1980

'Black report' on health inequalities

The report of the working group on inequalities in health, chaired by Sir Douglas Black, found that people in lower social groups suffered higher rates of mortality.

December 1986

BSE outbreak: initial government response

The first cases of BSE in cattle were diagnosed in the late 1980s. However, the government told the public there was no evidence that BSE could be transmitted to humans.


'AIDS: Don't Die of Ignorance' campaign

The government launched the 'Don't die of ignorance' public health campaign to raise awareness of HIV.

25 November 1987

'Promoting better health' white paper

The government set out its intention to strengthen the role of primary care in health promotion and the prevention of ill health.


Breast and cervical cancers screening programmes

In 1988, the Department of Health established the NHS cervical screening programme (NHSCSP) and NHS breast screening programme.


1990 GP contract incentives for health promotion

The new GP contract was introduced in 1990 and established incentives for general practitioners to become more involved in health promotion activity.