Jobs at risk as medical centres under threat

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TWENTY five jobs are at risk and thousands of Islanders could be affected after the Channel Islands Co-operative Society announced it was 'reviewing' its medical care business.

Bath Street Health Centre is one of the surgeries affected

Blaming an 'unsustainable' financial model, difficulties with GP recruitment and not enough patients, the company said its three healthcare centres in St Peter, St Helier and St Clement were at risk – five years after they opened with the promise of lowering the cost of seeing a doctor in Jersey.

Shocked staff were informed of the news on Wednesday, with 25 people – including six GPs plus nurses and administration staff – told their jobs could be at risk.

Mark Cox, the society's acting chief executive, says it will continue to run its three practices as normal until the summer and a number of options for the future of the surgeries are being explored.

Full story in Thursday's JEP.

Lucy Stephenson

By Lucy Stephenson

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