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Guernsey health budget loss leads to cutbacks

David Hughes, Guernsey's Chief Officer at HSSD
David Hughes says there could be delays in receiving treatment

Guernsey's health and social services department (HSSD) board is to hire fewer agency and locum staff to meet a £3m budget cut for 2010.

Other measures, to be taken by each HSSD directorate, include cutting bed numbers, reducing kitchen opening times and possible charging for transport.

The board has set a target for each team to save 5% of the salaries budget plus make cost reduction measures.

It said it hoped permanent staff would not lose their jobs in the move.

It had previously been announced that a government subsidy for nursery places for health worker's children will stop.

Treatment delays

The department warned that anyone not needing urgent treatment could see waiting periods rise.

David Hughes, chief officer at HSSD, said: "Emergencies will always be covered and at the other end of the spectrum people who are receiving continuing care from us, whether in our premises or in their own homes, would continue to receive that.

"Mainly it's about people who have non-urgent conditions having to wait perhaps a bit longer."

All HSSD directorates - HR, Services for Adults, Services for Children & Young People, Public Health and Finance & Corporate Services - are affected.

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