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Area health authority

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Area health authorities were 90 bodies[1] responsible for administering the National Health Service, established in England by the National Health Service Reorganisation Act 1973 in 1974.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

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  1. ^ The National Health Service (Constitution of Area Health Authorities) Order 1973, UK Statutory Instruments 1973, 1973, Wikidata Q99925516
  2. ^ Webster, Charles (1996). The Health Services Since the War. HMSO. p. 538. ISBN 0-11-630963-6.
  3. ^ Hammond, j; et al. (August 2017). "The spatial politics of place and health policy: Exploring Sustainability and Transformation Plans in the English NHS" (PDF). Social Science and Medicine. 190: 217–226. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.08.007. PMID 28866475.
  4. ^ Rivett, Geoffrey. "1968-1977 - Rethinking the National Health Service". National Health Service History. Retrieved 18 April 2014.