Report on HSSD finds no clear plan to stop another overspend

HEALTH and Social Services lacks a clear plan to stop another overspend in 2013, a report highlighting a series of problems with its financial control has said.

HEALTH and Social Services lacks a clear plan to stop another overspend in 2013, a report highlighting a series of problems with its financial control has said.

The independent report by health consultants Finnamore was ordered by States chief executive Mike Brown after last year’s £2.2m. overspend.

It identifies a series of failings and problems at both political and staff level last year and following the election of the new board in January.

And the financial information available up to May showed the department was already £1.261m. off its budget target.

Assessing financial arrangements in 2012, it states there was ‘inertia’ when forecasts warned of cost pressures ‘and a lack of will to control expenditure within the cash limit’. It blamed this on a belief from the board down that costs were driven by demands for services that could not be controlled and that the service was underfunded.

Comments for: "Report on HSSD finds no clear plan to stop another overspend"

Rees Bryant

But hospital and general medical services are demand driven. How do you predict, and budget for, a flu epidemic, say? Or anything similar?

Due to cost cutting measures recently we flew over for a minor op, only to find it was cancelled because expensive medication had nor been ordered. That cost me £100 which I cannot re-claim, and cost HSSD my wife's plane fare. And now she has to return as the medication has finally been ordered. Cost cutting? The opposite.

Having said that it is still possible to control costs within limits, and with agreed exceptions. From what is being said it appears that financial controls are very rudimentary, and poorly thought out and executed. This is 2013, not 1913.

And the sad thing is that the medical treatment is excellent, but being brought down by a failure of management overall.

a voter

Same old story, still, at least you`ll be able to blame SAP this time around eh?

Guernseyman

I understand thousands of pounds worth of private treatment goes uncharged each day. Enough to fill the current shortfall comfortably.

Fix that ... there's the plan ... issue sorted.

you can have that one for free I don't need a consultancy fee.