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Guernsey's Health Minister abused over budget claim

Hunter Adam
Deputy Adam said a false picture of Health's spending was being painted

Guernsey's Health and Social Services minister has said he has received abusive phone calls over claims regarding his department's budgeting.

Deputy Hunter Adam said the calls centred on a perceived lack of control of staff numbers and expenditure.

The Guernsey Press claimed the increase in spending last year was the equivalent of 90 full-time staff.

Deputy Adam said he understood the need for savings, but the staffing figures had been misinterpreted.

He said the composition of staff in his department was complex, with agency and locum staff further blurring the picture, and he added there was a turnover of 300 employees a year.

The accounts for 2009 revealed that all but three of the States departments and committees spent more than in 2008, despite deputies agreeing a policy of real-terms spending freezes.

A series of public hearings are due to be held to try to find solutions to the problems of over expenditure and establish whether taxpayers are receiving value for money.

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