Tag "Health"

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.

Ambulance service on a long journey

THERE is much to welcome in the States report into the future of the island’s ambulance service. Giving operational oversight to Home, the same body which oversees the two other blue light services, makes perfect sense.

Healthy and safe start to the new year

Generic health and safety illustration, builder's helmet safety gloves HSE

THE Guernsey Occupational Safety and Health Association aims to get the new year off to a safe and healthy start with its annual promotional week this month.

‘Leaner’ service will risk future health of islanders

YOUR editorial on 2 January says: ‘And then there is health. Having thrown money at the problem it is time to make good on the promise of a new leaner organisation which does the same excellent job at a greatly reduced cost.’ Money has not been ‘thrown at health’. In 2010 the spend of the department was £107,685,000. If that had kept up with inflation it would now be £128,979,000, £10m. more than it actually is. Keeping up with medical inflation and the increasing number of elderly people requiring medical treatment would have meant an even higher figure.

Politicians must answer the big questions facing the island first

The Morecambe and Wise end-of-year TV Christmas specials were once as much a part of Christmas as a turkey dinner. One of their finest was 1971’s sketch with famous conductor Andre Previn. The scene sees the composer attempt to direct musical novice Eric Morecambe on the piano during a performance of Grieg’s A minor Piano Concerto, but it doesn’t quite go to plan.