By Richard Heath
MINISTERS have shelved plans for major cuts to the health service after a review found that the department was not capable of meeting full savings targets.
The Health department was initially asked to find £14.2 million worth of cuts as part of States-wide plans to slash budgets by ten per cent.
As part of the plans, the department was considering a range of options, including introducing a £5 prescription charge, stopping all non-emergency A&E attendance and ceasing a respite service for older people in residential care.
But, following reviews into three States departments, ministers have accepted that Health simply cannot find the full ten per cent without causing serious harm to its level of service.
Article posted on 12th October, 2010 - 2.59pm