• 1980August

    The crude differences in mortality rates between the various social classes are worrying.
    Secretary of State for Social Services, David Ennals (1977)

    The Black Report on health inequalities is published.

  • 1980

    London Health Planning Consortium reports are published.

  • 1981May

    The Acheson report emphasised low cost, feasible solutions.
    British Medical Journal, 7 Nov 1992.

    The Acheson Report on primary health care in inner London is published.

  • 1982October

    The Körner Steering Group on Health Services Information, established in 1980, reports and builds on existing data systems to improve their usefulness for management.

  • 1982

    NHS reorganisation: NHS restructuring abolishes area health authorities (AHAs).

  • 1983February

    If Florence Nightingale were carrying her lamp through the corridors of the NHS today, she would almost certainly be searching for the people in charge.
    Griffiths Report (1983)

    Secretary of State, Norman Fowler, is appointed and Sir Roy Griffiths of Sainsbury’s is commissioned to enquire into ‘staff efficiencies and other resources in the NHS’.

  • 1983May

    The Mental Health Act 1983 legislates for the detention of people deemed to be mentally ill and a risk to themselves or others, with or without their consent.

  • 1984July

    The issues raised reflect fundamental moral, and often religious, questions which have taxed philosophers and others down the ages.
    Dame Mary Warnock (1984)

    Due to developments in in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and embryology, which led to the birth of Louise Brown in 1978 (the first person to be conceived by IVF), a committee is formed to establish regulatory principles. This leads to the publication of the Warnock Report.

  • 1985

    Reflections on the management of the National Health Service, by Professor Alain Enthoven for the Nuffield Trust, contributes to the NHS reform programme.

  • 1986

    Image credit: © morgueFile.

    Project 2000 paves the way for nurse training in universities.

  • 1986

    The controversial Green Paper on primary care – Neighbourhood nursing: A focus for care (the Cumberlege Report) – and policy statements from the Royal College of General Practitioners, become building blocks for the reform of primary health care.

  • 1987

    The Government has at last responded ... to the representations we have made to improve primary care.
    Dr Michael Wilson, chairman of the General Medical Services Committee (1987)

    The White Paper, Promoting better health, suggests improvements in patient choice and the widening of services provided by pharmacists and nurses.

  • 1988

    Image credit: Wikimedia Commons, 1983 © Happyme22.

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher makes the surprise announcement of an NHS review on the television programme Panorama.

  • 1989

    The point of all our proposals is to produce a better NHS, providing the type and standard of service a patient has a right to expect.
    Kenneth Clarke, Secretary of State for Health, House of Commons Debate, 7 November 1989, vol 159, cols 556–9W

    The White Paper, Working for patients (NHS reforms), proposes to introduce a split between purchasers and providers of care, GP fundholders and a state-financed internal market, in order to drive service efficiency.