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NHS: Structure

Volume 702: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many health authorities were in existence in 1997; and [HL4156]

How many primary care trusts have been formed since they were first introduced; and [HL4157]

How many health authorities and strategic health authorities have been formed since 1997. [HL4158]

The Health Authorities (England) Establishment Order 1996 (SI No. 624) established 101 health authorities on 1 April 1996.

Between 1997-98 and 2002-03, the numbers of organisations that evolved into the present day strategic health authorities (SHAs) reduced from 100 to 95. These evolved into 28 SHAs in 2003-04, which were then configured into the existing 10 organisations established on 1 July 2006.

There were 303 primary care trusts established during 2003-04. These were reconfigured into the current configuration of 152 organisations, which were established on 1 October 2006.