HSSD: overspend is disappointing ‘but unavoidable’
Monday 10th December 2012, 8:30AM GMT.
STAFFING issues and extra demand for services – particularly among the elderly – have been blamed by Health and Social Services for its £2.5m. overspend.
An increase in utility bills, the discovery of legionella at both hospitals and the uncovering of asbestos in a general ward at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital were also factors, according to the department.
HSSD released an emergency Billet d’Etat to explain its financial problems over the last budgeted year.
The expense of extra agency and locum staff was the biggest unexpected dent to the department’s finances in the last quarter, costing it an additional £670,000.
‘The latest forecast overspend is disappointing but unavoidable,’ said the report.