Ward could have been kept open

ENOUGH nurses were available to keep open De Sausmarez surgical ward, it has been revealed.

Princess Elizabeth Hospital, PEH

ENOUGH nurses were available to keep open De Sausmarez surgical ward, it has been revealed.

But Health and Social Services said that keeping staff on the ward instead of redeploying them elsewhere would have lowered safety standards in the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

The department was forced to explain its actions after De Sausmarez Ward nurses told their union representative that a ‘full establishment’ of staff were keen to work on their own ward.

HSSD announced earlier this month that both De Sausmarez surgical ward and Divette ward would not reopen until they had  staff.

The department had money available for personnel, but said it was unable to recruit enough qualified nurses to open the wards, which were closed at the end of November in an attempt to curb a £2.5m. overspend.

But it backtracked yesterday.

Comments for: "Ward could have been kept open"

a voter

Oh what a surprise.

So the new board are continuing the cover ups of the old board, is that because two of the original board were retained?

Bob C Wilderbeast

So just who has been lying to us, the taxpayers? Deputies or have thy been lied to as well.

Buttercup

I am disgusted that HSSD could blatantly lie to the public about the staff shortages. Since nurses are not allowed to speak to the media, they have been very angry and upset about these lies. Staff are currently in tears, unable to sleep, and at rock bottom in terms of morale. Why? Because management are failing them and the general public.

Walrus

Another of Hunter Adam's stuff ups comes out of the woodwork!