Tuesday, January 24, 2023

High number of contract workers in Jersey’s healthcare sector poses ‘increased risks’

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The Health and Community Services report says the “top-down approach isn’t working” and staff are under significant pressure.

It also highlighted the growing tensions between employees.

The results show that current systems pose a risk to productivity and safety in Jersey’s healthcare system unless procedures change.

Caroline Landon, Director-General for Health and Community Services, said: “The report recognizes that the department is beset by an outdated health condition and that Health and Community Services, like many other health organizations around the world, are facing staff recruitment issues have faced a challenging global healthcare workforce market since the Covid-19 pandemic.”

She added that the pandemic will not serve as an excuse for not finding solutions to the problems found.

Ms Landon added: “Human resource planning in health and community services is already underway and will be supported by the development of an intergovernmental strategy to be published later this year.

“Work is underway to remove the barriers to hiring and retaining workers in a range of career fields, including health and care.”

The department has welcomed the findings and says it is working to find solutions.

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