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20 May 2010

The Coalition: our programme for government

The new government set out its health and social care priorities: it promised a commission on adult social care funding but did not reflect the ensuing wide-scale NHS reforms.

12 July 2010

'Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS' white paper

The government set out plans for significant structural reform of the NHS, public health and social care systems.

30 July 2010

An updated 'Principles and rules for cooperation and competition (PRCC)'

The updated PRCC aimed to take into account the coalition government's plans outlined in 'Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS'.

18 October 2010

'Liberating the NHS: greater choice and control' consultation

The government consulted on its reform plans outlined in 'Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS' and made changes to its plans as a result.

20 December 2010

NHS outcomes framework

The development of the framework was underpinned by the need to reduce health inequalities and to promote equality in health outcomes.

18 January 2011

Health Committee's 2011 report into commissioning

The report responded to the 'Equity and excellence' white paper and expressed concern about 'significant institutional upheaval'.

January 2011

Health and Social Care Bill

The bill gave effect to the policies in the 'Equity and excellence' white paper. Concerns mounted over the scale of the changes proposed and the bill was heavily scrutinised.

April–June 2011

NHS Modernisation: listening exercise and NHS Future Forum

The government announced a pause in parliamentary scrutiny of the Health and Social Care Bill and an independent forum to examine the bill.

31 May 2011

Winterbourne View scandal and government response

A BBC Panorama programme exposed serious failings at Winterbourne View care home. In response, the government set out new action to transform care for people with learning disabilities.