1 July 2000
The plan (a milestone for competition policy in the NHS) outlined significant health and care system reforms and responded to the 1999 Royal Commission's report on long-term care.
12 July 2000
The order made changes to the Medical Act 1983 to strengthen the powers of the General Medical Council (GMC).
20 July 2000
The Act established a carer's right to request that their local authority carry out an assessment of their needs and ability to care for a person.
The Act provided for the regulation of the social care workforce. It established an independent regulatory body for social care and private and voluntary healthcare services.
28 July 2000
The Act established new powers for local authorities to improve the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of their area.
29 August 2000
The government set out actions to improve working practices, local management and training in social care, and introduced the idea of a Social Care Institute for Excellence.
1 October 2000
The report of an inquiry into the emergence of – and response to – BSE in cattle and vCJD in humans criticised the way the government handled the crisis.
Labour focused on expanding choice for NHS patients, introducing the concept of 'foundation hospitals' for top performing trusts and several 'choice' pilots.
30 January 2001
The report of the Royal Liverpool Children's inquiry made recommendations relating to the system of retaining organs and obtaining consent.
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