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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 1H6 U1H5RIDGE HERALD Tuesday, Auauil Z9, 'I97Z Joseph Krtift The last gasp of the antiwar movement Health care centres Ths report of the Community Health Centre Project is to be pre- sented shortly to the forthcoming con- ference of federal and provincial health ministers. Prepared by Dr. John Hastings of the University of Toronto School of Hygeine along with a committee of physicians, non-med- ical professionals and lay people from across the nation, the report, if put into action, will go far to stem the rising cost of health care. At present health care in Canada revolves around doctors, most o( whom are paid on a fee-for-servico basis.and active treatment hospitals, the most expensive hospitals of all to establish and operate. The project proposes that community health cen- tres could become the focal pomls for patients with other health services reorganized and integrated around them. A typical community health centre would bring together a team of health professionals, auxiliary personnel and social workers which can examine the whole person not just hits and pieces of him, and either attend to his problems right there or send him to the more specialized institu- tion where he can be treated. The report points out that, ideally, a community health centre would do as much to prevent ill health as to treat it. It would be available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It would neither over-use nor under-use !he skills of its staff who would ftinction as a team, not as a multitude of professional experts in isolation, as services exist at present. There are, of course, many initial prejudices and problems to be over- come. Patients must be persuaded to accept that much more of their treat- ment will take place outside of hos- pitals. There would have to be sup- portive agencies that would take ser- vices to the patient instead of taking the patient to the hospital. Various professionals, from doctors down, would have to accept new views of their prerogatives and func- tions and be more willing to dele- procedures and responsibilities to personnel working under super- vision. Some auxiliary personnel would have to be trained to perform functions now performed by doctors. But a community health centre cannot he in addition to the active treatment hospital; instead, to some degree, it must replace it. There must he fewer hospital beds so that they cannot be filled and so that both doctors and patients will consider and accept less expensive places of treat- ment. BEACH "Wo marclwd in silence bo- cause (here's nothing more to one of the Vietnam Vet- erans Against the WOT said dur- ing a demonstration here in Miami Bcacli the other day. And dial piissinn torn to tatters expresses pcrhups (lie most significant of (he mimy non- events which took place hero at the Republican convention. The convention registered what is perhaps the last gasp of the antiwar movement. As surely as Hichni'd Nixon was the winner here at Miami, the loser was Vietnam protest. Theoretically, the Republi- cans went Into the convention as vulnerable on Vietnam as the Democrats had been In Chicago back In 1968. More than three years after Presi- dent Nixon entered the White House with his famous "plan" to end the war, the fighting btill rages. In (Ire interim, Ameri- cans have been killed and more than have been wounded. Over three and a half million tons of explosives a figure in excess of the total for the Johnson administration have been dropped on Indochina in the Nixon years. Tens of thous- ands of Asians have died as a result. Again and again cviclcnco comes in (o suggest that Mr. Nixon, far from (saving a plan to end the war, has been play- ing it by car. Only the other day there was the assertion by Secretary of State Willaim Rogers that a peace settlement would bo made cither just be- fore or just after the election tills fall. That comment is bound to excite the worst suspicion on the other side the suspicion that the Nixon administration makes peaceful noises to cairn American opinion while in fact trying to win tho war by mil- H.-iry means. Because It quick- ens Communist suspicions, wluit Secretary Rogers said the other