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Health and Wellbeing

Our own personal health and wellbeing is normally important to us. Without good health, our ability to live and enjoy our lives to the fullest is often reduced. Our own health, and the health of our families, is closely linked with the health of our whole community. So the overall health and wellbeing of the Bailiwick of Guernsey should be of interest to us all.

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"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." World Health Organisation

Compared to many other places in the world, the Bailiwick is clearly a relatively healthy place with 'life expectancy at birth' figures higher than many of our closest neighbouring countries*. In a recent survey** undertaken in Guernsey about three quarters of respondents rated their health as 'very good' or 'good'. The credit for this can be given to the people of the Bailiwick themselves, its businesses, and States Departments, including Health & Social Services.

But there is still a lot we can do to improve our own health and the health of our community.

The States of Guernsey spend more on health and social care than on any other area of government. But people are living longer and in future there will be fewer working-aged men and women paying the taxes and Social Security contributions that fund health and social care for the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Difficult choices will sometimes have to be made. You can find information about how these decisions are made on the 'How We Decide Priorities' and the 'Individual Funding Requests (IFR)' pages. 

The Health and Social Services Department (HSSD) is therefore looking at what will be required to provide Guernsey, Alderney and Herm*** with adequate and affordable health and social care for the next ten years. We have called this process our '2020 Vision' and it will help the HSSD and the States to decide what actions need to be taken to help people to live healthy and independent lives. You can download the '2020 Vision' report at the bottom of this page.

What we need to do
What do you think?

We want to know what you think about the health and social services that we provide so that we can constantly improve and raise standards in all our services. We would like to know what we do well and what we could do better.

If you have a comment or complaint, or would like to help develop health and social care in the islands, visit our 'Have your Say' page for more information.



* 2008 Health Profile for Guernsey & Alderney

** Emotional Health & Wellbeing - this can be viewed or downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page

** Sark is not a member of any Channel Island health benefit scheme. For more information visit www.sarksurgery.com


Health and Social Services Department

Corporate Headquarters,  Rue Mignot,  St Andrews,  Guernsey,  GY6 8TW,  Channel Islands
Tel: 44 01481 725241 Fax: 44 01481 235341
Email: healthandwellbeing@gov.gg


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