11 September 2012
A report and proposition to change the way in which health and social care is delivered in Jersey has been lodged by the Council of Ministers.
'A New Way Forward For Health And Social Services' sets out in detail how health and social care will look in Jersey by 2021 if the States Assembly accepts the proposition and accompanying report, which will be debated on 23 October 2012.
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Anne Pryke, said “This proposition is the culmination of over two years of intensive work. It has been informed by thorough research and analysis, developed in partnership with professionals from across all sectors and, perhaps most importantly, it reflects what people have told us is important to them. It represents a significant milestone in the development of public services in which we as Islanders can have confidence.
“Many Islanders have told us that they wish to be cared for in their own homes, in their own communities, and in a hospital that is fit-for-purpose. They want high quality, sustainable services delivered by appropriately qualified staff. They know that we have a responsibility to meet the needs of the ageing population, to respond to growing demand for services and, at the same time, contain spiralling costs. This proposition sets out how we will achieve this.
“The proposals contained within the proposition are far reaching and involve a significant financial commitment. If approved, it will transform our Island’s health and social services. I know that Islanders, which include the stakeholders we have worked closely with to produce the plans, will want to consider them in detail.”
The proposition includes initiatives to ensure that:
- children’s health and wellbeing improves as we put in place better integrated early intervention services
- older adults are able to live in their own homes for longer, supported by community services that help break the cycle of hospital admission and re-admission
- islanders with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems will be supported to reduce medication levels and remain active and in employment
- people whose lifestyles put them at increased risk of cancer, cirrhosis and others diseases will receive better support to help them make healthier choices
- those at the end of their lives will have control over where and how they are cared for during those final, important months
- all our hospital patients will benefit from a new building, whether on the existing site or in a different location – a build that promotes recovery; reduces the risk the infection; supports the dignity and privacy of patients, families and friends; and offers staff a modern and pleasant working environment
Deputy Pryke said “I am sure the debate will be robust and I have every confidence that the assembly will make the right decision, enabling action to be taken across the identified priority areas, ensuring that Islanders have access to the services they both want and deserve.”