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Co-operation and working together for health gain and social well being in border areas.
Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT); Southern Health and Social Services Board; Western Health and Social Services Board; North Eastern Health Board (NEHB); North Western Health Board (NWHB)
In July 1992, the North Eastern and North Western Health Boards in the Republic of Ireland and the Southern and Western Health and Social Services Boards in Northern Ireland entered into a formal agreement known as the Ballyconnell Agreement (see Appendix I) to co-operate in improving the health and social wellbeing of their resident populations, This agreement was revised in 1998 to take account of the purchaser/provider split when the Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Boards were reorganised into Commissioner Boards and Provider Trusts were established as separate statutory organisations. Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) covers the whole of the land boundary between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom and between them they comprise a population of one million. It has been suggested that people living in the vicinity of the border are materially disadvantaged on account of low levels of economic activity, rurality and geographical isolation. Research lends weight to this view with deprivation in border areas, particularly evident with regard to age dependency and unemployment. As the need for health services is highly correlated with material deprivation it can be assumed that those who live in border areas have higher than average health needs. This is further borne out by studies of perinatal mortality which have suggested higher mortality rates in border areas.
Publication Date:
Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT)
First Indexed: 2016-04-23 07:05:13 Last Updated: 2017-05-12 07:22:00