Wards close, operations on hold in drastic move
Thursday 29th November 2012, 10:00AM GMT.
HEALTH and Social Services has announced a series of drastic cuts to save money after confirming that it would overspend its budget by £2.5m. this year.
Minister Hunter Adam, pictured, said in a statement released today it was with ‘great reluctance’ that his department would take the action to curb costs.
The cuts, which take effect from Saturday, are to:
- Defer all non-emergency and non-urgent off-island treatment until January.
- Close a surgical ward and a theatre, and postpone all elective, contract surgery until January.
- Close Divette Ward and relocate patients to other ‘appropriate placements’.
- Cease recruitment to vacant posts, unless the post is demonstrated to be essential for patient, service user or public safety, and a business case is approved by all directors.
- Minimise the use of agency staff to provide cover and increase the use of bank and part-time staff wherever possible.
- Minimise weekend overtime duties and defer weekend work to weekdays wherever this is clinically appropriate.
Deputy Adam said the department was under significant financial pressure.