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|Title: ||The health services and their further development|
|Other Titles: ||Laid by the Government before each House of the Oireachtas, January, 1966|
|Publisher: ||The Stationary Office|
|Issue Date: ||1966 |
|Description: ||This White Paper describes briefly the origins of the health services,
the pattern of the present services and the Government's, proposals for
further developments in them. Intended changes in the financing and
administration of the services are also described.
The Government would wish that the various proposals in the
different parts of the White Paper should be the subject of wide public
discussion before any final decisions are taken on their detailed development.
The Minister for Health will be available to discuss them with
appropriate representative bodies.
The changes proposed are complex and fairly costly. Their complexity
rules out any question of their introduction in the immediate
future, as it will take some time to prepare and consider the legislation
which will be needed to give effect to them. Expenditure on developments
in the services of the order proposed could not, in any event, be undertaken
in the existing financial circumstances. In publishing their plans
for the future development of ther health services now, the Government's
object is to permit planning and preparatory work to proceed for the
introduction of these changes, in the expectation that, when this planning
and preparatory work has been completed, financial circumstances will
be such that the changes can then be made without strain on the economy.
In formulating the White Paper, the Minister for Health has had
regard to various public statements made in recent years on the health
services and on health policy, but the most important source, outside
the Department of Health, of the basic information and ideas on which
the Government's proposals are based was the volume Of submissions to
the Select Committee on Health Services of the. Seventeenth Dail. The
present Minister for Health and a number of his predecessors participated
as. paembers of that Committee in the hearings of oral evidence before it.
The oral evidence, too, has considerably influenced the development of
the proposals in the White Paper.' The Government would wish to place
on record their appreciation of the work done by the very many organisations
and individuals who presented written and oral submissions to the
Select Committee, thereby broadening the base from which the Government's
policy, as now submitted for public discussion, was evolved.|
|Keywords: ||HEALTH SERVICES AND THEIR MANAGEMENT|
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