JERSEY is sitting on a ‘health time -bomb’ and the new Minister in charge is prepared to put his career on the line to ensure that the service gets more funding.
For the first time, Health Minister Jim Perchard (pictured) has spoken of his grave concerns about the future of the health service and has vowed to bring forward proposals for a new funding stream.
His comments come as the health service faces its biggest crisis in years with a shortage of beds and nurses.
Yesterday it was revealed that there are no more beds at the General Hospital, operations are being cancelled, the sick are left waiting on trolleys for hours and GPs are being asked to treat the ill at home to free-up beds.
Nurses are also facing a crisis of their own with severe staff shortages coupled with poor pay levels and long hours which have reduced many to tears.
• Senator Perchard is the subject of today’s Saturday Interview in the Jersey Evening Post.