Tag "Health"

Long-term solution required

THERE may be questions over how it was achieved and how long it took to get there but few could deny that the resumption of bowel cancer screening is good news. Indeed the most heartening message from Health & Social Care is that it is committed to continue screening beyond 2016. That will save lives and, ultimately, money.

Scene, lights… now, camera & action

SINCE the introduction of zero-10 in 2008 the States has been in part reliant on growing the economy to plug the black hole that was created by a dramatic drop in income. That the deficit is still stubbornly there, it stood at £24.5m. by the end of last year, is being taken by some as a sign that any belief in growth as the magic bullet is now misplaced. Policy & Resources has been told the answer now is about cutting services or significantly raising taxes. Neither route is particularly appetising for the public, but it is clear that efforts over the last eight years have not gone nearly far enough.

Alderney set for independent health review

Alderney's Mignot Memorial Hospital.

AN INDEPENDENT review of health and social care need, provision and governance in Alderney will be one of the first steps in restoring public confidence in health care services there, said the island’s Policy and Finance Committee chairman.

A year of making policy

IN A YEAR’S time, and then each subsequent June, the new government system reaches an important landmark. In June 2017, deputies will gather to debate the policy plans of each of the principal committees before finally signing off on the first over-arching Policy & Resource Plan, which sets the high level objectives and directions of not just this Assembly but those that follow. With much of May lost to internal elections it gives deputies 12 months to get their house in order and is intended as the culmination of a series of actions which started even before April’s general election.

Concern growing about power and calibre of senior civil servants

ONE of the main issues that came up in the pre-election hustings and debate was to do with the situation of the island being run not by politicians but by the civil servants. There is great concern, please note Chief Executive Paul Whitfield, about the calibre of those in great positions within the civil service. Questions are being asked about which ‘sir’ is responsible for employing the highly paid candidates for these positions.

Mignot safety fears over lack of doctors

Alderney’s Island Medical Practice may have to withdraw its cover of the Mignot Memorial Hospital due to a paucity of doctors at the practice.

ALDERNEY’S Island Medical Practice may be forced to withdraw from work at the island’s Mignot Memorial Hospital if more money is not provided for an additional surgery doctor, the surgery’s principal partner has warned.

HSSD accepts Lyons lessons

Picture by Emma Pinch. 10-07-15Dr Rory Lyons in Alderney.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES will implement eight recommendations made in a damning review into the department’s handling of the investigation into Dr Rory Lyons, pictured.

HSSD chief will answer questions on Lyons case

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES chief officer Dr Carol Tozer will answer questions ‘in the near future’ over the department’s much-criticised handling of the case surrounding Alderney GP Dr Rory Lyons.

New building, same stigma

TO THE head of the Health and Social Services Department. The old Castel Hospital had a lot of bad press. The building was blamed for a lot of the problems with staff and also depression. The staff also changed all the time, also doctors.

HSSD in Alderney ‘has a long way to go on trust’

Picture by Emma Pinch. 10-07-15Dr Rory Lyons in Alderney.

EVENTS in Alderney over the past 11 months have been ‘profoundly damaging’ for the personal and professional life of one of its doctors, health services in the island and trust in Health and Social Services, the States of Alderney has said.

Full speed ahead for the next decade

THIS year marks a major milestone for a local charity that has been changing lives for a decade. Now, to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Headway Guernsey, we are delighted to name it as a special media partner for 2016.

Education is the answer to obesity

WITH the evils of tobacco on the ropes, health professionals are keen to go toe to toe with society’s next big opponent, obesity. It won’t be long before being overweight overtakes smoking as the number one cause of premature ill health and death.