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Staff shortages pose a ‘potentially catastrophic risk’ for nursing services in Jersey

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The Nursing Commission report claims that vacancies are rising and that care providers are struggling to maintain quality and safety standards.

It also says demand for local care services is “increasing”.

The review calls for a long-term plan focused on providing appropriate housing, retaining workers and building better relationships between the government and the island’s care services.

In response, the government says it recognizes the challenges the report highlights and that “it is clear they need to do more”.

The review finds that many care providers have “under-experienced staff” and services can be canceled at short notice.

This results in staff often working in ‘firefighting mode’, meaning their ability to provide a high standard of care is compromised.

The Care Commission recommends that the government support small businesses such as care providers to better cope with inflation and rising costs.

She writes that “without positive intervention, the current and deteriorating situation means that the Commission cannot rule out the real possibility of a future failure of the care system”.

Jersey’s care sector is not resilient, it says, warning that the industry “does not have the capacity to make up for the shortage” if a care provider closes.

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