At its States Meeting to be held this
week, the States are to consider a proposal to create an over-arching
Independent Health and Social Care Commission to regulate all aspects of
health and social care provision in Guernsey, at an estimated cost of
£368,000 a year.
A survey of its members carried out by the 2020 Association has found that the overwhelming majority (92%) are against such a proposal, regarding it as a waste of money and over-regulation for an island of our size.
Members’ comments include the following:
“Over regulation is a drag on the economy and with its box ticking, cover all, mentality often ineffective”;
“It is a waste of money and unnecessary bureaucracy”;
“Guernsey cannot afford more and more regulation and regulators”.
Between the 25th January 2019 – 31st January 2019 we asked our members “If you were advising Theresa May at the moment with regard to Brexit preferred options, what would be your preferences?” Here are the results:
Leave with no deal (i.e. allow time to run out)
*Seek Canada Plus deal
*Seek means of ensuring the Irish backstop cannot be permanent and press again for Theresa May’s deal with cosmetic changes
*Seek Norway Plus deal
Rescind Article 50 trigger (i.e. ‘Remain’, on same terms as before)
*Hold General Election
*Hold Second referendum
* in each of these cases, seeking any necessary postponement of the Article 50 trigger.
Our response rate was within the expected 30-40% for a member survey.
The results of our Brexit survey were striking with regard to by far the largest support being in favour of simply walking away from the EU. Given the paucity of independent analysis and information as to the balance of advantage and disadvantage of remaining in, or leaving, the EU, those members who are interested may like to refer to the following downloadable publication: