4 April 1979
The Act received royal assent on 4 April 1979, providing for the establishment of the Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC).
30 August 1980
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.
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.
The government launched the 'Don't die of ignorance' public health campaign to raise awareness of HIV.
25 November 1987
The government set out its intention to strengthen the role of primary care in health promotion and the prevention of ill health.
In 1988, the Department of Health established the NHS cervical screening programme (NHSCSP) and NHS breast screening programme.
The new GP contract was introduced in 1990 and established incentives for general practitioners to become more involved in health promotion activity.
The paper outlined a health policy framework for the next 5 years and applied a strategic approach to population-wide health improvement.
28 June 1995
The Act replaced regional health authorities, district health authorities and family health services authorities with regional NHS executive offices.
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