Islanders could get say on how health services are run

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THE public and charitable groups will be given a say in how Jersey's health services are run if proposals for a new organisation that would make recommendations to the minister get the go-ahead.

For the last year the Health Department and a number of interested groups have been working together on the project, which is designed to give the public a voice in how services are run and provided.

Details about the proposals, which are due to be lodged with the States within weeks for a debate in September, were revealed on Friday.

They include plans to set up various forums for the public, patients, healthcare professionals, clinicians and the voluntary sector. Those forums would then feed into an overall System Partnership Board, which would hold regular meetings and make recommendations to the Health Minister – all in public.

The minister would retain ultimate responsibility.

Health chief executive Julie Garbutt said: 'By doing this we not only come closer together so we can share our expertise and experiences, it also allows us to focus in a united way on our shared purpose, which is to provide the best health and social care we can for Islanders.'

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