Page last updated at 12:07 GMT, Saturday, 8 May 2010 13:07 UK

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."

Print Sponsor

States of Guernsey in overspend
07 May 10 |  Guernsey
Minister opposes overspend blame
14 Apr 10 |  Guernsey
Health cuts information 'needed'
23 Jan 10 |  Guernsey
Health cutbacks to meet budget
21 Jan 10 |  Guernsey
Health overspend 'a possibility'
01 Jan 10 |  Guernsey
Guernsey States agree 2010 budget
09 Dec 09 |  Guernsey

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific