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HSSD makes the case for change

A CONSISTENT message is coming out of Health and Social Services under its new regime – things need to change. Spending pressures continue, whether it is dealing with short-term crises such as the midwifery service, the day-to-day operations, or looking to the future where people will live longer but fewer will be working to help pay for their needs.

GcMaf: still no answers

GIVEN that HSSD are reliant on the MHRA to provide them with a ‘Big Brother’ advice and resources then these comments may need airing. It is disturbing to understand that Paul Luxon, our HSSD minister, knew of the letter published in the Guernsey Press by Gerald Heddell, director, inspection, enforcement and standards division, MHRA, which, after 45 days, still fails to present any conclusive evidence in regard to claims of contamination of GcMaf products. Just how long does it take to provide their evidence?

Third-sector help for HSSD’s new schemes


TWO schemes to help vulnerable children and families are being worked on by Health and Social Services with the help of experts outside of government in the third sector.

2016 election threatens HSSD stability

STABILITY, the second of the Health minister’s priorities, has been in short supply in recent years. Four chief executives in as many years have been held to account by a revolving door of ministers and board members.

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...

Nurses are ‘exhausted and on their knees’

Royal College of Nursing regional officer Lindsay Meeks

‘CHRONIC’ staff shortages have left nurses ‘exhausted and on their knees’ and recruitment issues have led to ‘dangerous’ working environments, the Royal College of Nursing operational manager has claimed.

HSSD steels itself to more delays

The new mental health block at the Oberlands is now expected to open between four and six weeks behind schedule. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 6499424)

CONSTRUCTION of the new mental health centre at the hospital has been hit by further delays as Health and Social Services revealed parts of the building needed additional steel fitted.

HSSD releases action plan

Loveridge ward

HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES has published its 88-point action plan to shore up maternity services in the island.

‘Worrying’ stats show half of island overweight


GUERNSEY must tackle its ‘worrying’ and increasing obesity levels for the benefit of individuals and to reduce the burden it has on the healthcare system, the Health and Social Services minister has declared.