• 2010February

    The Robert Francis Inquiry report into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is published.

  • 2010March

    If we fail to reform the system now, unfairness will only intensify in the years to come.
    Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Health (2010)

    Labour publishes the White Paper, Building the National Care Service, on the future of social care funding, weeks before losing the General Election.

  • 2010May

    Following talks between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat negotiators, the Coalition Agreement is published.

  • 2010June

    The events at Mid-Staffordshire were a tragic story of targets being put before clinical judgement and patient care.
    Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health (2010)

    Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley MP, announces a public inquiry into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

  • 2010July

    The White Paper, Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, is published.

  • 2010November

    We have to be bold because so many of the lifestyle-driven health problems we see today are already at alarming levels
    Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health (2010)

    The Government's vision for public health in England is published in Healthy lives, healthy people.

  • 2011January

    NHS reorganisation: The Health and Social Care Bill 2010/11 proposes significant reforms to increase the influence of GPs on commissioning, increase competition and abolish strategic health authorities (SHAs) and primary care trusts (PCTs).

  • 2011June

    Increasing opposition to the Health and Social Care Bill leads the Prime Minister to ‘pause’ and initiate a ‘Listening Exercise’ led by the NHS Future Forum, an independent expert group. The Forum considers modifications to the Bill.

  • 2011July 4

    Under our proposed system everybody who gets free support from the state now will continue to do so and everybody else would be better off.
    Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the Commission for Funding of Care and Support (2011)

    The Dilnot Review into the funding of adult social care calls for major reforms.

  • 2011October

    Foundations are laid for the new architecture of the NHS.

  • 2012March

    Following nearly 18 months and thousands of amendments, the Health and Social Care Bill is passed.

  • 2012June 21

    We are not seeking preferential treatment but fair treatment. The Government’s wholesale changes to an already reformed NHS pension scheme cannot be justified.
    Dr Hamish Meldrum, Chairman of Council at the BMA (2012).

    Doctors take industrial action for the first time in almost 40 years. The British Medical Association (BMA) made the decision to strike over major changes to the NHS pension scheme.

  • 2012July 11

    The coalition Government publishes a Care and Support White Paper, together with a draft Care and Support Bill and a ‘progress report’ on funding, all of which outline the Government’s vision for reforming adult care and support.

  • 2012October

    The transition to the ‘new’ NHS gathers pace.

  • 2012November 13

    As set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the Government publishes objectives and expectations for the health service in its first Mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board.

  • 2013February 6

    Robert Francis QC, chair of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, presents his final report to the Secretary of State for Health.

  • 2013February 11

    The Government announces new funding reforms for care and support, based on recommendations made in 2011 by the Dilnot Commission.

  • 2013April 1

    The 'new' NHS comes into being as responsibilities shift to bodies created by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act.

  • 2013July 5

    As the NHS reaches retirement age, political and clinical leaders call for a long term vision for the NHS.

  • 2013October 24

    Simon Stevens is appointed as the new Chief Executive of the NHS.

  • 2013November 6

    The drugs may be providing better value for patients but rising cost is an issue, particularly given the pressure on acute hospitals
    Andy McKeon, Nuffield Trust (2013)

    An agreement is made on the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

  • 2013November 19

    The Government responds to the Francis Inquiry Report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.

  • 2014April 1

    Anniversary of the NHS reforms and Simon Stevens begins as Chief Executive of NHS England.

  • 2014May 14

    The Care Bill receives Royal assent.

  • 2014October 23

    NHS England publishes its Five Year Forward View

  • 2014December 3


    Autumn Statement injects £2billion into the NHS budget for 2015/16

  • 2015January 27

    In many countries politicians are stepping back from detailed operational management of complex health services. But Labour’s proposals still feel somewhat top-down
    Nigel Edwards, Nuffield Trust (2015)

    Labour announce their Ten Year Plan for Health and Care

  • 2015February 25

    Local leaders in Manchester will find that there is a tension between the ‘N’ in NHS and local decision-making.
    Nigel Edwards, Nuffield Trust (2015)

    Greater Manchester announces new devolved powers.

  • 2015April

    Launch of the party manifestos

  • 2015May

    David Cameron

    The Conservative Party form a majority government

  • 2015November 19

    Juntios doctors strike

    Junior doctors vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike

  • 2015November 25

    £600m of the NHS England’s 'extra' £8bn will be funded through cuts from public health – a move which sits uncomfortably with the Chancellor’s claims to have delivered 'in full' the Forward View.
    Sally Gainsbury, Nuffield Trust (2015)

    George Osborne announces the 2015 Spending Review

  • 2016 January 28

    The NHS will feel very different, even in areas pursuing more limited models of devolution.
    Mark Dayan, Policy Analyst, Nuffield Trust

    The Cities & Local Government Devolution Bill is passed.

  • 2016 April 1

    Jim Mackey

    NHS Improvement launches

  • 2016April

    In an ideal world, all the cash would be available for investment in new services and models of care. In reality, however, almost all of next year’s fund – £1.8bn of it – will be spent on bailing out NHS providers in deficit, leaving just £339m to fund 'transformation'.
    Sally Gainsbury, Nuffield Trust (2015)

    Draft Sustainability and Transformation Plans are submitted.

  • 2016 June 23

    Brexit icon

    The UK votes to leave the European Union

  • 2016 July 21

    My big worry is what happens next. I fear that in order for hospitals to virtually eradicate their deficits as NHS Improvement and NHS England want, the next steps could be a series of brutal service reductions and bed closures – which will shock an unprepared public.
    Nigel Edwards, Nuffield Trust (2016)

    NHS leaders announce set of measures to regain control of NHS finances 

  • 2016 October

    … we do not yet have enough detail to know whether these plans can close the financial gap. But certainly some have levels of savings that look somewhat optimistic. There are reasons to be concerned, given the extent to which many of the plans are based on some bold and sometimes experimental assumptions, the time available for change, and the scale of the task.
    Nigel Edwards, Nuffield Trust (2016)

    Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) published

  • 2017 March 31

    Cover of the report

    NHS England publishes Next steps on the Five Year Forward View

  • 2017June 8

     Arlene Foster and Theresa May

    General Election 2017

  • 2018June

    Theresa May 2018 NHS funding announcement

    Funding settlement announced for the NHS ahead of 70th anniversary