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October 10, 1966


JAMA. 1966;198(2):25-26. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110150011003

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HEW Investigators Hit—  The Senate Appropriations Committee questioned the Health, Education and Welfare Department's tactics in enforcing the civil rights provisions pertaining to desegregation in schools and hospitals receiving federal funds.In reporting out a money bill for HEW, the committee said in its report that "the revised guidelines contravene and violate the legislative intent of Congress in enactment of the Civil Rights of 1964."It has never been intended by the committee that funds appropriated by it be used by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to go about the country harassing people who have shown every indication of abiding by the letter and intent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."Field investigators should be carefully selected, thoroughly indoctrinated, and rigidly supervised in order to achieve the image of 'ambassadors' rather than 'inquisitionists.' "Hospitals and nursing homes receiving Hill-Burton assistance or participating in medicare must integrate their