Definition of the Department of Health from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Department of Health

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(abbreviation DH)
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the British government department responsible for health in England, and for some aspects of health care in the rest of the United Kingdom. The governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are largely responsible for health policy in their own areas. The main duty of the department is to manage the National Health Service, and it is also in charge of social services to old people, children, the mentally ill and others in need, though decisions on spending in these areas are made by local authorities.