24 June 2011
Islanders who make use of the Subsidised Products Scheme funded by the Health and Social Services Department (HSSD) are being offered reassurance that when the scheme transfers to a new provider next month, they will not have to pay more for their products.
Family Nursing and Home Care (FNHC) who have been running the scheme on behalf of HSSD for a number of years have taken the decision not to continue in order to focus on their core business, the delivery of high quality community nursing and home care services. HSSD has therefore tendered for a new supplier and will be signing a contract with them imminently.
Health and Social Services Minister Deputy Anne Pryke said "Islanders have been understandably concerned about changes to the service and whilst I cannot give full details until the contract has been signed, I can provide assurance that no-one will pay more for their products as a result of the change of provider. Charges will be reviewed annually to reflect any potential changes in the cost of the products.
The new service, which will be in place prior to the closure of the existing service, will provide Islanders greater choice in terms of the number of locations from which they can collect products plus longer opening times."
HSSD will be writing to all existing users of the service with full details as soon as the contract is signed.