581. Functions in relation to the prevention of illness, care and after-care.

A local social services authority1 may, with the approval of the appropriate national authority2, and must, to such extent as he may direct, make arrangements for the purpose of the prevention of illness, for the care of persons3 suffering from illness, and for the after-care of persons who have been suffering from illness4. In particular, this includes arrangements for: (1) the provision of centres or other facilities for training and suitable occupation, the equipment and maintenance of such centres5, and the provision of ancillary and supplemental services for people using them6; and (2) the exercise of the functions of