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Papers presented at a conference on the development of care in the community at Hotel Blarney, Co. Cork 13th-15th May 1986
|Title: ||Papers presented at a conference on the development of care in the community at Hotel Blarney, Co. Cork 13th-15th May 1986|
|Affiliation: ||Institute of Public Administration|
|Publisher: ||Department of Health (DoH)|
|Issue Date: ||15-May-1986 |
|Type: ||Conference Presentation|
|Description: ||In his opening address Councillor Willie Farrell referred to the very broad
WHO definition of health. Today we tended to forget that there was more to
community health than the care of the sick, important though that might be.
Community care must begin with and be part of the community itself; there
could not be community care unless the community cared. He concluded by
noting that community care which was properly organised, staffed and funded
was not cheap. It might be better and more desirable for a whole variety of
reasons but it would not be cheap. This theme was also taken up by
Mr Eamonn Hannan, who warned against seeing a transfer to the community as
an easy solution to the real problem of the escalating costs of the health
services. He noted that there was no reliable evidence that well developed
community based services were less expensive than institutional services.
"Pump-priming" funds would be required to develop community services.
Mr Hannan said that the present position where health board allocations
were reduced significantly in real terms each year allowed no scope to
develop community services.|
|Keywords: ||COMMUNITY CARE|
|Appears in Collections: ||DOH|
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