List of NHS regional health authorities (before 1996)

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From 1974 to 1996 the NHS in England was administered by regional health authorities. The regions closely followed the areas of the previous regional hospital boards established in 1947, but in many cases they were renamed.

Each Region was subdivided into area and district health authorities, whose disposition as at 1991 is listed below.

In 1996 the regional health authorities were reorganised as NHS health authorities.

RHB 1947 -74 RHA 1974 – 94 Area
East Anglian East Anglian Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk
Newcastle Northern Cleveland, Cumbria, County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
North East Metropolitan North East Thames Essex, north east London
Manchester North Western Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Glossop
North West Metropolitan North West Thames Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, north west London, Spelthorne
Liverpool Mersey Cheshire and Merseyside
Oxford Oxford Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire
South East Metropolitan South East Thames Kent, East Sussex, south east London
South West South Western Bristol and district, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset
South West Metropolitan South West Thames Surrey (less Spelthorne), south west London, West Sussex
Sheffield Trent Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire
Wessex (from 1959) Wessex Bath, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire
Birmingham West Midlands Hereford and Worcester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands
Leeds Yorkshire Humberside, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire

An Order in 1994 re-organised these into 8 Regional Health Authorities [1] [2] [3], as follows

Below the regions were area health authorities from 1974 – 1982, and district health authorities from 1974 – 1996.

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