Secondary healthcare 'not best value', finds report

Secondary healthcare in Guernsey does not "provide best value", according to an independent review carried out on behalf of the States.

Sector Treasury Services Ltd made 19 recommendations and suggested five ways in which improvements could be made.

The Health and Social Service Department said the island could be proud of the healthcare system.

It said the report would provide a basis from which to review and improve the current model.

The department said it was looking forward to working closely with Social Security, the Medical Specialist Group, Guernsey Physiotherapy Group and other parties on the issue.

Health Minister Hunter Adam said: "Contracts in the NHS have changed significantly in the last three or four years so obviously when one looks at our contracts it'll be outdated and needs revision and that's what this report says.

"We have an excellent system that is good for the people of Guernsey, but it has to improved and reassessed."

Dr Steve Evans, the chairman of the Medical Specialist Group - the main secondary healthcare provider in the island, said the group did not agree the report had been "a true and accurate reflection of the situation".

He said: "The current structure for delivering secondary healthcare to the Bailiwick, whilst one to be justly proud of, has to evolve in order to keep pace with medical advancements and at the same time deliver value for money."

He added: "The group is committed to addressing any valid and feasible recommendations contained within the report."

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