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Hospital vacancies fall after recruitment drive

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THE number of staff vacancies at the Hospital has dropped by almost 100 in the past three months.

Health Minister Richard Renouf Picture: ROB CURRIE. (26295411)

In August there were 194 vacancies but after a successful period of recruitment that number has now dropped to 101, with 55 vacancies for nurses and midwives, compared to 94 three months ago.

The numbers were revealed at a Health and Social Security Scrutiny panel meeting yesterday.

Health and Social Services director general Caroline Landon said: ‘The new recruits are a mixture of people from the Island and people from off Island.

‘It is good and there is also work going on about training health assistants to come up to the nursing level.

‘We will support them to help them move into vacancies for nursing.’

Health Minister Richard Renouf added that recent changes to restrictions on key worker housing had improved the Island’s offering for those looking to come to work in Jersey.

Deputy Renouf added: ‘Housing is now available through key worker accommodation and more housing is coming online soon.

‘That has perhaps helped and made it more attractive, I hope that is the case.’

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Elsewhere in the hearing, Deputy Kevin Pamplin questioned waiting times and why they had not changed in recent months.

In response, the director general revealed that the data regarding Hospital waiting times that is posted online is not correct.

She revealed that due to a lack of monitoring, there are people included in the waiting list data who shouldn’t be, and that is distorting the data.

Work is ongoing to create a new system that will make the times more accurate, according to the director general.

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She added: ‘The data included in those times is not accurate.

‘There are about 600 patients on one list who don’t need to be on there. We recognise there is an issue with waiting times and it is unacceptable, we want appropriate waiting-time lists and hope to have them by the end of the first quarter of next year.’

Deputy Renouf added: ‘I was the minister who committed to publishing the waiting times again after it stopped.

‘These times aren’t accurate, but they need to be medically validated.’

Deputy Pamplin argued that the members of the public did not know this and asked for a footnote to be added to the online times to explain the inaccuracies.

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