22 July 2004
The Act placed a duty on local authorities to inform a carer of their entitlement to request an assessment of their needs and ability to provide care.
Junior doctors were initially exempt from the 48-hour average working week outlined in the regulations, but their working hours needed to fall in line by 2009.
Following serious concerns relating to the trust's financial management capacity, Monitor initiated a formal intervention at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT).
5 October 2004
The Department of Health outlined ideas around the role of indicative budgets at GP practice level.
The Secretary of State for Health committed to halving rates of MRSA infections in hospitals.
The GMC's role in fitness to practise decisions was reformed. The new rules brought together existing procedures into a single test.
NHS Employers was established to negotiate with unions on behalf of employers in the NHS.
The white paper followed a public consultation which found that the public wanted to make their own decisions when it came to their health, but needed support to do this.
The government introduced a single pay system for directly employed NHS staff, except medical staff, dentists and very senior managers.
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