30 October 2020
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, has responded to concerns regarding the Jersey Care Model ahead of next week’s debate in the States Assembly.
Deputy Renouf wishes to assure Islanders that the Jersey Care Model does not mean nationalisation of GP and community services. He said:
“GPs play an important role in the delivery of healthcare provision within the Island. I completely agree that the benefits of the GP service must be retained, such as the continuity of care for patients by their GPs and the availability of direct, timely access.”
The Minister also wishes to make clear that the Jersey Care Model does not seek to replicate the NHS.
Deputy Renouf says: “Health and care services must be tailored to the requirements of Jersey. Under the Jersey Care Model proposals, the Government of Jersey retains the provision of core Hospital, Community, Mental Health and Social Care services.
“GPs, community pharmacy, dentistry and ophthalmologists remain independent service providers. Community organisations such as Family Nursing and Homecare, Jersey Hospice Care, Mind Jersey and others remain sovereign bodies that are commissioned by Government to provide key services.”
Deputy Renouf would like to clarify that the Jersey Care Model is not seeking to limit residential and nursing care provision on the Island. The Jersey Care Model seeks to provide Islanders with a choice of future care whether at home with community support or within longer-term care settings such as care homes.
Lastly, the Jersey Care Model has not been brought forward for the purpose of saving costs. However, it does identify financial efficiencies that can be invested elsewhere in Jersey’s health system, with the aim of improving Islanders’ wellbeing and mental and physical health, through a person-centred approach, providing safe and accessible care in places where people need it the most.
Deputy Renouf added: “It is also important to note that, as we move to the next phase of the programme, we are fully committed to continuing engagement with appropriate stakeholders and partners in the co-design of the Jersey Care Model. As part of our commitment to transparency and openness, we will also continue to report on the changes and progress of this incredibly important initiative for the future of health and social care in Jersey.”