Guernsey Health and Social Services in £2.5m overspend
- 17 January 2014
- From the section Guernsey
Guernsey's Health and Social Services (HSSD) Department has been criticised for poor financial management.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) verdict comes in a report analysing HSSD's £2.5m budget overspend, in 2012.
The PAC said financial control, forecasting and assessing financial risk were all "less than satisfactory".
Deputy Heidi Soulsby said there should be a finance specialist on the department's board "to give greater assistance in financial matters."
The PAC also criticised a series of controversial cost-cutting moves brought in by the department at the end of 2012.
They included the deferral of non-urgent hospital treatment and the closure of two wards.
The committee stated that there was no "detailed business case" to show the extent of the changes impact.
A full review of the department's recruitment and retention strategy is now under way.