The Health and Social Care Act: the tale in a timeline

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This interactive timeline is a visual guide through the events that led to the Health and Social Care Act being implemented. It sets current NHS reforms within a historical context - from the creation of the internal market in 1989, to the establishment of the first Foundation Trust in 2004, to the passing and implementation of the most recent controversial legislation.

The timeline was initially published alongside Never Again? The story of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 by Nicholas Timmins for The King’s Fund and the Institute for Government. It has now been updated to include the main milestones taking us up to the main elements of the Act coming into force on 1 April 2013.

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#1346 Robert Godson
HomeInstead West Lancs & Chorley

Excellent visual insight into a long and complex political journey, Oh and a web of delays, sound bites, smoke & mirrors and very long grass. High quality care, based on individual needs, delivered with respect and dignity.

#1347 Richard Segall Jones

One slide seems to have the wrong date - 28 June 2012 shown as pre-royal assent.

Otherwise, an interesting trip down recent memory lane.


#1348 Sarah Tucker
Assistant Web Editor
The King's Fund

Hi Robert

Thanks for pointing out - this has been amended now.


#2316 stacey
care worker
work with kids

i think this is very help full to all health and social care workers.

#40274 Lauren
student speech and language therapist

this is a very interesting and useful visual into how we've ended up with the mess that that we are in. Thanks a lot for taking the time to make this. I will be saving to my computer for future reference.

#40862 Professor Aliso...
lecturer and researcher on social work courses, specialist older people and social work
University of Kent

Brilliant timeline that really tells the story of all the myriad NHS changes! So helpful and as others have said dispenses with the smoke and mirrors and gets down to the real stuff. Thanks Kings Fund: keep being the voice of critical reason.

#545851 Sharon Slattery...
MA Student
Trinity St Davids university

Is it possible to obtain a copy/picture of the timeline to use in my dissertation please?

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