The Department of Health and Social Security published a set of inquiry reports following allegations by campaigner Barbara Robb concerning the care of elderly patients in seven hospitals.
The NHS Hospital Advisory Service (later the NHS Health Advisory Service) was established as an independent body reporting to the Secretary of State for Social Services about hospitals in England.
A committee chaired by Sir Desmond Bonham-Carter published its report on the functions of the district general hospital in the NHS.
A group chaired by Sir Phillip Rogers produced the Management arrangements for the reorganised National Health Service report (the Grey Book), which ushered in 'consensus management'.
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.
The Briggs report recommended there should be one national, statutory body for nurses, midwives and health visitors which should be responsible for setting standards and education and training.
5 July 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.
The organisation became the recognised trade union for doctors from 1974, having published the weekly British Medical Journal since 1855.
10 October 1975
Margaret Thatcher, then Leader of the Opposition, gave a speech to the Conservative party conference focusing on choice in health services.
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