On January 1, 1972, the Department of Health issued revenue and capital
limits for 1973 - 74. financial guidelines for 1974 - 75 to 1977-78, and a statement
of national priorities to be used in developing health care services. Working
within these limits. guidelines and priorities , the management team has prepared
the Board a draft plan for health care in 1973 -74.
This plan contains a description of health care need s for the coming year,
as identified by surveys on national and local health care needs and by programme
managers in revising their programme definition statements. To meet these
needs, the management team has selected 16 of the new projects suggested by
programme managers for which a decision is required now. The plan describes
these projects and indicates estimated resources that would be consumed by
them as well as existing services that will continue in 1973 - 74. In addition, the
consequences of decisions taken to date, or required for the 1973-74 plan, have
been worked out in broad terms up to 1977 - 7B.