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October 1969

The Bonham-Carter report

A committee chaired by Sir Desmond Bonham-Carter published its report on the functions of the district general hospital in the NHS.

9 May 1970

The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970

Leglislation required local authorities to provide a range of services. Including practical assistance and home adaptations to people with disabilities, learning disabilities or mental illness.

29 May 1970

The Local Authority Social Services Act 1970

Following the recommendations of the Seebohm Commission in 1968, legislation required every local authority to establish a single social services department, emphasising 'the need for a co-ordinated and comprehensive approach to social care'.

June 1971

'Better services for the mentally handicapped' white paper

The white paper, published in June 1971, outlined a desire to move away from caring for people with 'mental handicap' in institutional settings and to increase the provision of local and community care.

6 December 1971

Attendance Allowance introduced

A non-means-tested benefit was introduced for people who had a serious or debilitating illness or disability and required personal assistance.


The Grey Book

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'.

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.

October 1972

Report of the Briggs Committee on Nursing

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.