Jersey | Mental Health Facilities | Unacceptable delays

Oct 17, 2021

Progress Party - Mental health crisis

Jersey in the middle of a mental-health crisis and the delay  is putting pressure on facilities which were already at breaking point and ‘not fit for purpose’.

Health Minister Richard Renouf recently revealed that the facility was not expected to be completed until 9 September 2022, despite originally having been scheduled for completion at the end of January.

This is the second delay to the project, which was pushed back by five weeks earlier this year after bad weather was said to have hampered construction.

The £7.3 million project will extend and remodel the space to create 26 en-suite bedrooms, a place of safety on the ground floor, eight ‘overspill’ bedrooms and a tribunal suite and training facility on the first floor.

Senator Pallett, who previously held political responsibility for mental health, said:

‘The delay is unacceptable. We have a mental-health crisis and a clear need for better facilities, yet Islanders are being let down by the government. I cannot stress enough how important it is that this facility is built on time.

‘People are struggling to find the help they need and we are not doing well enough to support them.

‘Services like the Listening Lounge cannot take the whole weight of the Island’s mental-health problem on their shoulders.

‘Orchard House is not fit for purpose and the delay is putting pressure on our services, which are short-staffed and under-resourced.

‘I know that Covid and Brexit have played their part in causing delays but we have to do better than we are currently doing, and the government has got to get it together.’

The Progress Party

Questions posed by Senator Pallet | Mental Health

Question no 392 to Minister for Health and Social Services

Written Answers from Minister for Health and Social Services

Question no 395 to Minister for Health and Social Services – not answered

Question

Will the Minister provide the following information in respect of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Services (C.A.M.H.S.) –

(a) the total number of positions/roles within C.A.M.H.S. under the States of Jersey Target Operating
Model as of 1st September 2021;

(b) the total number of vacancies that exist within the positions/roles provided in response to
paragraph (a) as of 1st September 2021;

(c) a full and comprehensive list of all positions/roles within C.A.M.H.S., stating the title of the
position/role, the nature of employment (i.e. full, part-time, etc.) and whether the position was
vacant on 1st September 2021; and

(d) the total cost of providing locum, bank staff or temporary staff to cover vacancies within
C.A.M.H.S. between 1st January 2021 and 1st September 2021; and whether this cost was
covered from within existing budgets and, if so, from which budgets?

Question no 396 to Minister for Health and Social Services – not answered

Will the Minster provide the following information in respect of the Adult Mental Health Services –

(a) the total number of positions/roles within Adult Mental Health Services under the States of Jersey
Target Operating Model as of 1st September 2021;

(b) the total number of vacancies that exist within the positions/roles provided in response to
paragraph (a) as of 1st September 2021;

(c) a full and comprehensive list of all positions/roles within Adult Mental Health Services, stating
the title of the position/role, the nature of employment (i.e. full, part-time, etc.) and whether the
position was vacant on 1st September 2021; and

(d) the total cost of providing locum, bank staff or temporary staff to cover vacancies within Adult
Mental Health Services between 1st January 2021 and 1st September 2021; and whether this cost
was covered from within existing budgets and, if so, from which budgets?

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