Tag "hssd"

Reply missed crux of my argument about benefits

IN RESPONSE to my original letter, published in Open Lines on 9 September under the heading ‘Did Social Security act ultra vires when diverting FTP “saving”?’, the chief minister may have misconstrued the thrust of my letter.

Licences exist to protect us

WITH apologies to readers who are tired of seeing my name on this page, I cannot let some of the opinions being expressed about licensed medicines pass unchallenged.

Black cloud hanging over FTP ‘savings’

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE chairwoman Heidi Soulsby may just have made her most important political intervention to date. Her revelations about the ‘fake’ saving made under the Financial Transformation Programme have left a black cloud hanging over the States.

Home could yet be top of the class

WITH this Assembly half way through its political term, attention has inevitably turned to how well it is doing and whether it has yet earned the title of ‘worst States ever’. The answer is no. It hasn’t done enough yet for islanders to draw an informed conclusion.

Stand-in wards to cost £4m.

Richard Evans, HSSD,

UP TO £4m. could be spent on two temporary wards if HSSD gets States approval for a major redevelopment of the hospital, the department’s corporate services director has said.

Care costs must be seen in the round

APPEARING to attack the island’s health system and the individuals who make it work is always fraught, especially for a newspaper that supports the free market.

A coded way of cutting health care

WHEN government departments start looking to reduce the amount they spend, it is always useful to remember that the words used will be in code. So when Health and Social Services says it plans to cut out ‘low-priority’ drugs, therapies and treatments, it actually means this: we are starting to ration your health care.

HSSD vote win was no victory

AS MEMBERS of Health and Social Services were defending themselves against the vote of no confidence last week, they wrung their hands in woe and accused their arch critic of unfair scrutiny and a continued vendetta against them. But if Deputy Mike Hadley is to be attacked, it is for pursuing the wrong target.

Why ‘no confidence’ was the best option

IN SATURDAY’S Press, Peter Roffey repeats the suggestion of Deputy Matt Fallaize that instead of calling for a vote of no confidence, I should have called for a vote of censure as set out in rule 19a of the States Rules of Procedure. Mr Roffey says that a vote of no confidence narrowed the debate, which a vote of censure would not. Having complained about a long debate, he seemed to be suggesting a vote of censure would be allowing an even longer debate.

Health must respect this cat’s claws

TO THE surprise of no one, HSSD survived this week’s vote of no confidence by a hefty majority. It was not so much an endorsement of the brilliant job being done by the current board as an acknowledgement that the department would not benefit from more disruption. However, a bad-tempered debate raises doubts about what improvements islanders can hope for in their health service.