Officials from the two largest Channel Islands have formalised plans to work together on delivering high-quality health and care services.
Members of the Channel Islands Political Oversight Board - a board made up of senior politicians and civil servants from Guernsey and Jersey - met on Monday to discuss ways to develop "innovative health policies" and commercial partnerships.
This is just part of wider efforts that aim to see Guernsey and Jersey working together in a number of areas of public administrations, and to find and support new partnership opportunities to improve our public services and reduce costs to taxpayers.
Possible areas they are going to explore in health include the potential of sharing clinical expertise and making savings through combined purchases.
Guernsey’s Chief Minister, Deputy Gavin St Pier, and President of the Committee for Health & Social Care, Deputy Heidi Soulsby met Jersey’s Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, and Health Minister, Deputy Richard Renouf.
Pictured: Deputy Heidi Soulsby and Deputy Richard Renouf.
Deputy Soulsby said that the signing demonstrated they were committed to actually working in partnership with Jersey.
"We see great merit in working closely together which very much aligns to our new model of care, the Partnership of Purpose," she said.
We have been very clear on the value we attach to working in collaboration, as we’re doing here with Jersey, and also with our community. We look forward to exploring every opportunity and the benefits that will bring to our service users."
Deputy Gavin St Pier, Guernsey’s Chief Minister added: "Whether working in partnership means sharing skills and knowledge, increased buying power or together finding innovative ways of meeting the needs and expectations of our communities, this same principle can be applied across many areas of public service. We look forward to finding ways to work effectively together, not only in health and care services but in other areas."
Jersey Senator John Le Fondré said that he hoped the joint venture would improve the health and wellbeing of islanders.
“It is important to collaborate with other Channel Islands to develop resilience, economies ofscale and better value for money,” he said. “We will work together to provide services which meet the needs of islanders, now and into the future. It is anticipated that this joined-up approach will reduce the administrative burden across the islands.”
Pictured top: Jersey’s Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, and Health Minister, Deputy Richard Renouf, met Guernsey’s Chief Minister, Deputy Gavin St Pier, and President of Health & Social Care, Deputy Heidi Soulsby.
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