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Guernsey Health minister defends budget overspend

Hunter Adam
Deputy Adam said he accepted that tighter controls were needed

Guernsey's Health and Social Services minister has defended a £9m overspend on last year's budget.

The States as a whole spent £14m over it budget and Treasury and Resources said spending must be brought under tighter control.

The department is responsible for a third of the total States expenditure.

Deputy Hunter Adam said: "We have to accept that a lot of HSSD budget is related to legislation or to what I call clinical need."

He said: "We have to make sure we get the best value for people we send off island... but we also have to accept these decisions are made by professional people and there is a clinical need."

Deputy Adam, a former doctor, said: "One of the main areas of increase has been off-island care.

"It is up to the people of Guernsey to determine if they're willing to accept reduction in the timings of services."

He added: "We accept as a department that it has to be brought under tighter control and that is what we are trying to do."



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