Tag "Health"

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.

‘Recruitment could be hit by healthcare doubt’

Dr Nigel Byrom is retiring from the MSG after being with the group since it started in 1992. (11509046)

UNCERTAINTY over the future structure, organisation and funding of Guernsey’s healthcare could impact on recruitment of doctors and confidence across the Bailiwick, a retiring Medical Specialist Group clinician has warned.

MSG negotiations more complex than we think

If the MSG did push it too far and the States decided to swap to providing their service in-house, then the folk up at Alexander House would lose out big time, says Peter Roffey.

Who should provide the island’s secondary healthcare? As negotiations for the renewal of the MSG’s contract continue, Peter Roffey, who was Health president during the last round, goes through the options

Fuel up, other rises to spend more on health


FUEL duty will be hiked, personal income tax allowances frozen and large retailers hit by tax increases, under a string of proposals in the 2016 Budget, to help cover a rising health budget.

Why make things easy?

The controversial road layout at the Quay has taken up a disproportionate amount of States departments’ time, and it was not an issue that Peter Roffey feels should have ended up involving the top brass. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 10284836)

Peter Roffey has plenty of sympathy for the States’ workload – until they choose to take the most difficult route. Here he examines three instances where their choice of path caused unnecessary problems

Money talks


An independent panel has been given just a couple of months to decide on politicians’ pay, and with a new committee structure and fewer deputies in the next Assembly, there is much to consider. Peter Roffey wishes them well and muses on some of the issues the panel should take into consideration

Health member cleared after board complaint


DEPUTY Mike Hadley has been accused of ‘outrageous, bad, offensive, rude and wholly unacceptable behaviour’ by a fellow Health and Social Services member as the row within the board escalated yesterday.

Firm fined £2,000 for 25 dead mice found in ceiling

Cobo Food Hall

STAFF saw rodents scurrying around Cobo Food Hall, the Magistrate’s Court was told yesterday, when the company which owns it, Sandpiper CI, faced the legal consequences of the infestation which led to the shop’s temporary closure in October.

GPs’ concerns met in ending manpower cap


DOCTORS in Guernsey are not scared of competition that could come from proposals to scrap the cap on GP numbers, local British Medical Association spokesman Dr Brian Parkin said.

Halfway house should be Health’s aim

New Health minister Paul Luxon has warned that the current HSSD budget is inadequate. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 7793929)

Enforcing the same spending constraints on HSSD as other departments was always unrealistic, but the needs-driven budget its minister now seeks is equally so. Let’s get some balance, says former health minister Peter Roffey, who detects a whiff of hypocrisy...