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'There are no easy solutions'.

HEALTH Minister, Ivan Lewis, has said there should be a "consensus for a new funding settlement between the state, the family and the individual.

"There are no easy solutions, but the Green Paper will tackle head on the scale of the challenge.

"It will outline the principles that should underpin reform and options for change which meet the tests of fairness and affordability," he said.

"In the New Year we will announce details of our plans for major engagement with the public, which will inform the content of the Green Paper.

"In addition to long-term funding reform I will be bringing forward proposals to enhance dignity for older people and put more power and control in the hands of people who use the current care system."

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Date:Oct 12, 2007
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