Report of the Fifth Commonwealth Medical Conference

Wellington, New Zealand, 15–25 November 1977, Volume Two

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The Role of Health Ministries and Medical Schools

The annual budgets of health ministries and of university medical schools and their teaching hospitals together represent a significant proportion of their countries' annual national expenditure, particularly in the developing world. In view of this and of the importance of these institutions for the implementation of the health programmes of the communities they serve, it is surprising how slender are the links between health ministries and medical schools in most countries and how relatively little co-ordination of their activities has been achieved in support of national health objectives. The training of health professionals often proceeds independently of the qualitative and quantitative health needs of communities and there is sometimes wide divergence between academics and their training goals on the one hand and health service requirements on the other.


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