HSSD: overspend is disappointing 'but unavoidable'

STAFFING issues and extra demand for services – particularly among the elderly – have been blamed by Health and Social Services for its £2.5m. overspend.

Princess Elizabeth Hospital

STAFFING issues and extra demand for services – particularly among the elderly – have been blamed by Health and Social Services for its £2.5m. overspend.

An increase in utility bills, the discovery of legionella at both hospitals and the uncovering of asbestos in a general ward at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital were also factors, according to the department.

HSSD released an emergency Billet d’Etat to explain its financial problems over the last budgeted year.

The expense of extra agency and locum staff was the biggest unexpected dent to the department’s finances in the last quarter, costing it an additional £670,000.

‘The latest forecast overspend is disappointing but unavoidable,’ said the report.

Comments for: "HSSD: overspend is disappointing 'but unavoidable'"

Paul

Why is there such a need for temporary staff? What other type of business needs this level of extra staff? Interesting facts would be nurse/ doctor/ patient staff compared to UK hospitals that HAVE to keep within budgets. Who negotiates off island contracts and how many hospitals do they tender to.

I pay £2,000 pa for private health, at the current cost of health we could give everyone private health and let private companies run Health in Guernsey.

vannilla

exactly the way i think, but of course this view will be lambasted.

Rustylink

‘The latest forecast overspend is disappointing but unavoidable,’ said the report."

This is possibly the feeblest excuse I have yet heard. If you don't have funds you don't spend.

Not spending, level of spending, and what authorised budget is spent on are all within the control of the HSSD Board and HSSD Civil Servants. If I went to my bank manager and asked for a loan to support unavoidable levels of spending beyond my means I believe he would rightly tell me to get lost.

No matter how desirable, even current policies may be, no department can be allowed to take upon itself decisions to spend monies that haven't been authorised in its allocated budget.

QueenBee

What is needed here is some revolutionary lateral thinking. Encourage the populace to take out private insurance via tax relief or some other incentive. Take the burden off the HSSD. Also I suspect adding some common sense to the management of the budget would not go amiss. Someone should be in charge of monitoring every 'spend' and questioning its sense or value for money. It's our money to spend not theirs!

islander

We are living longer and will see more help needed throughout the elderly.

A constant review on the budget of the HSSD on a monthly basis involving closer with states meetings.

The Southampton Trust use this system with great success.

To hire a locum in to our hospitalis costing us between £1500-£2000 per week.

What is the cost to send patient away for treatment?

Empty Wards. Is this to upgrade hospital building for more administration by closing them up and sending patients to private residential homes so caring staff can be housed under licence.