'The path of least resistance' set out a number of recommendations to address rising antimicrobial resistance.
26 November 1998
The report of the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health (chaired by Sir Donald Acheson) made recommendations on health, environmental and social factors.
As part of the comprehensive spending review, the government set new targets to reduce NHS waiting lists and reduce health inequalities.
1 December 1998
The government set out plans to improve provision of social services, including a new system of regulation and inspection of social care providers.
1 January 1999
The first national carers strategy was published, aiming to improve information, support and care available to carers.
The Royal Commission on Long-Term Care reported back. It recommended that the costs of personal care be met by the state, and living and housing costs be means tested.
The NHS performance assessment framework (PAF) aimed to deliver a broader view of performance in the NHS.
1 April 1999
NICE aimed to reduce variation of the availability and quality of NHS services: later changing its name to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and extending into public health.
Following commitments to abolish GP fundholding in 'The new NHS' white paper, PCGs replaced family health authorities (previously responsible for commissioning primary care).
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