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July 11, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(11):1063-1064. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690110077023

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Irish Physicians' Disapproval of "White Paper."  —An editorial in the Irish Medical Association's journal says that Irish physicians' disapproval of the "White Paper" on improved health services has been confirmed by the pronouncements of Dr. James Ryan, Minister of Health. Headed, "Why We Disapprove," the editorial challenges Dr. Ryan to explain how, with "a bare 1,500 maternity beds" at his disposal, he will fulfill the promise of skilled professional attendance to the mothers of 65,000 babies born annually in the republic. Quoting the 1,120 million dollar bill of the British health services, the editorial says: "Stage by stage in Britain, notwithstanding her centuries of experience in treasury work, there has been gross miscalculation. In this smaller, poorer country, can the taxpayers and ratepayers face with equanimity the prospect of similar miscalculation at a time when the purchasing power of the pound has been officially quoted in the Dail at $1.25?"

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