Bowel cancer screening cut 'due to overspend'

THE previous Health and Social Services board used money ring fenced for bowel cancer screening to help control its overspend, the current minister has claimed.

Mark Dorey
Under-fire HSSD minister Mark Dorey

Mark Dorey, who is facing a vote of no confidence over its handling of spending on the service, has stated in written answers that ‘there was no [bowel cancer screening] sessions in December 2012, following the decision of the [then] HSSD board to reduce services to contain the department’s overspend’.

At the time the department was trying to stem a £2.5m. overrun in its budget and closed wards to help do that.

The claim from Deputy Dorey, who recently admitted unintentionally misinforming the States over the screening saga, has been angrily denied by former HSSD minister Hunter Adam, who prompted the response with rule six written questions.

Deputy Adam, who has signed a letter demanding the resignation of the current board, also questioned why his successor had difficulty in accessing ‘accurate, detailed financial information’ about bowel cancer screening.

Deputy Adam said: ‘There was no decision to reduce outpatient procedures, including bowel cancer screening.

‘Staff in these areas are mostly permanent HSSD staff and reduction in these services would not have had a significant effect on expenditure.'

Comments for: "Bowel cancer screening cut 'due to overspend'"


It's the civil servants that should be reprimanded, not Deputy Dorey.


I'm sure I am not alone in thinking that trotting out the lame old excuse of "it was the old department" is getting tiresome.

This is just a lazy attempt to deflect the blame and attention away from the health minister for a few days in the vain hope that the whole issue will go quiet.

If the health minister will not resign then he needs to show some leadership and come up with a decent, workable plan on how he's going to sort the problem and not resort to worn out old excuses.

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Apologies if this appears twice.

Taking informed, transparent decisions and managing risk as well as engaging stakeholders and making accountability real are two of the six principles of good governance, as identified by the UK's Independent Commission of Good Governance in Public Services.

Why have no bowel cancer screening sessions during Dec 2012? Money had been allocated to the programme budget. This was to save lives and to save the States money in the long run.

What was the reason for Deputy James to resign?

Responsible? Accountable?

Trust and Confidence in the States? How can any of us know what else is being concealed or covered up. We all need the truth and total transparency.

Good governance involves ensuring the right things are done, in the right way, for the right people, in an open, honest, inclusive and timely manner.

So who is ultimately responsible? If it is not the Minister of HSSD then who is?

Neil Forman

Then read the blue bar at bottom of page, just how much are we paying this group?