1. ITV Report

Almost 200 posts vacant at Jersey General Hospital

Staff shortages could lead to planned procedures being cancelled in future. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Almost 200 roles remain unfilled at Jersey General Hospital with shortages, meaning that some procedures could be cancelled in future.

Responding to a written question from Deputy Kevin Pamplin, Health Minister Richard Renouf said that 194 posts are currently vacant, including 74 in nursing and midwifery.

He also suggested that in rare cases when staff shortages were extreme, 'activity may need to be reviewed and potentially reduced' if the hospital was unable to support safe care.

As well as a full breakdown of current staffing levels at the hospital, Deputy Pamplin asked what provisions were in place to manage shortages due to staff illness - particularly in areas which are under-resourced.

In response, Deputy Renouf said that 'bank' staff can be brought in to meet demand, but medium to long-term sickness could mean making short term appointments of agency staff from the UK.