Health ‘cutting out’ alcoholism charity
Frank Laine, chairman of the charity, told the Health, Social Services and Housing Scrutiny panel that:
- Despite giving Silkworth £220,000 of taxpayers’ money per year, the States Alcohol and Drugs Service suddenly stopped referring patients to the charity last October – leaving six beds empty for almost a year.
- The Health department has failed to consult the charity over major plans to overhaul the treatment of alcohol abuse in Jersey contained in the recent white paper on the future of the Health department.
- Health officials have failed to tell the charity why the referrals have stopped and why it did not consult it on the white paper proposals.
- And the department secretly bought the Roseneath shelter for the homeless under the nose of the charity – even though it knew it had submitted its own bid for the property.