Area health authority

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Area health authorities were 90 bodies responsible for administering the National Health Service, established in England by the National Health Service Reorganisation Act 1973 in 1974.[1] Each covered a geographical population which matched a Local Government territory. They co-ordinated primary care services and services requiring collaboration with Local Government. They were abolished in 1982 and their responsibilities transferred to the smaller District health authorities.[2]

Membership of area health authorities:

  • Chairman - appointed by the Secretary of State
  • Fifteen members; sixteen in teaching areas.
  • Four members representative of local authorities
  • Others appointed by the regional health authority after consultation with universities associated with the region, bodies representative of the professions and any federation of workers' organisations.[3]

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  1. ^ Webster, Charles (1996). The Health Services Since the War. HMSO. p. 538. ISBN 0 11 630963 6. 
  2. ^ Hammond, j; et al. (August 2017). "The spatial politics of place and health policy: Exploring Sustainability and Transformation Plans in the English NHS". Social Science and Medicine. 190: 217–226. 
  3. ^ Rivett, Geoffrey. "1968-1977 - Rethinking the National Health Service". National Health Service History. Retrieved 18 April 2014.