Radical plans to overhaul health care

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RADICAL plans to completely overhaul health care in Jersey, including building a new hospital and more care in the community, have been formally published.

After years of work and months of public consultation the new way forward for Health and Social Services has been proposed by the Council of Ministers and has been officially lodged with the States this morning. It will be debated on 23 October.

It proposes major improvements in children's health and early intervention services, enabling the elderly to live in their own homes longer through better community support and complete reform of the Island's mental health services with a focus on reducing medication and keeping those with mental health issues active and in work.

Islanders at an increased risk of cancer and other diseases would, under the plans, also receive better support to help them make healthier choices and those at the end of their lives would have control over where and how they are cared for in their final months.

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