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Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs)

Strategic Health Authorities are responsible for developing strategies for the local health services and ensuring high-quality performance.

They manage the NHS locally and are a key link between the Department of Health and the NHS.

They will also ensure that national priorities (such as programmes for improving cancer services) are integrated into local plans.

NHS South West is one of the ten Strategic Health Authorities in England. Formed on 1 July 2006, NHS South West oversees the largest region in England – stretching from Land's End to Tewkesbury, with a total population of over five million.

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