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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

The Nimmo Report contains a number of important recommendations - numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 and 17 - directed mainly towards the establishment of a closer relationship between public hospital fees and hospital benefits. The States have significant responsibilities in the provision of hospital services and these recommendations therefore require negotiation with the State governments. The implications of the recommendations are so far-reaching that the Government is not in a position to make decisions on them at this stage or to undertake reciprocal commitments until the States' attitudes have been clarified and all relevant information has been obtained. The Government will continue its examination of the important issues raised by these recommendations, and actively pursue negotiations with the State governments.

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