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Ethical charter consultation launched

09 February 2018

Islanders are being invited to give their views on what they would like to see included in Jersey’s proposed Ethical Care Charter.

A consultation has been launched which is open to all, but is particularly targeted at the users and providers of homecare services. Feedback from the consultation will shape the content of the proposed charter, which is intended to help underpin the high standard of homecare already provided in the Island.

As well as being asked for their views on some suggested items that could be included in the charter, respondents are encouraged to suggest others. At the end of the six-week consultation period, the responses will be reviewed and a proposed Jersey Ethical Care Charter will then be drafted and put forward for consideration by the States Assembly.

The proposed charter has been developed in discussions between the Health and Social Services Department (HSSD) and Deputy Geoff Southern, and will complement the Regulation of Care (Jersey) Law 2014, which is expected to come into effect later this year. The law includes the introduction of an independent Jersey Care Commission responsible for inspecting health and social care services and for enforcing care standards.

Minister for Health and Social Services, Senator Andrew Green, said “I’m pleased that Deputy Southern and I have agreed how to progress the next stage in introducing an ethical care charter appropriate for Jersey.

“I would particularly encourage those who are receiving care, and their families, to take the opportunity to respond, together with the care providers themselves, especially as they may be required to abide by the charter.”

Deputy Southern, who has campaigned for the charter, said “I welcome the progress we have made in bringing this important issue to the public for their views. I encourage all those interested in this key sector of our economy, and particularly those who work in it, to give their views.” 

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