About Us

Ministry of Health and Social Services

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) is the authority responsible for safeguarding and promoting the health and social well-being of the people of Montserrat.

The Ministry is led by the Minister for Health and Social Services who has constitutional responsibility. The Permanent Secretary has oversight responsibility for the management and strategic coordination and administration of the operations of the Ministry and its related departments. The Chief Medical Officer provides technical guidance on local, regional and international public health matters as well as manages and overseas the provision of medical staff for the health system.
The Ministry seeks to provide a caring and integrated system of health and social services that facilitates human development and improves the quality of life in Montserrat by:

  • developing proactive policies, legislation, strategies, and programmes for the health and social service sectors
  • promoting gender equity, social justice, and the progressive realization of human rights the right to health
  • performing essential public health functions, including health promotion, public health surveillance, research, and control of risks to public health
  • mitigating the impact of natural and man-made disasters on the health of the population
  • delivering a wide range of social protection programmes and services, including social safety net programmes targeting the most vulnerable members of the population

All these activities are performed through close collaboration with other sectors and international agencies and development partners, community participation, and promoting self-reliance by building upon and increasing the assets and capabilities of individuals and social groups to improve their standard of living.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services is focused on building robust and transformative approaches to providing better health system for Montserrat, that is integrated and equitable.

We are embarking in a new phase of planning and change, exploring innovative approaches to enhance the work of the Ministry.  Fundamental to these changes is the need to assist with rebuilding strong communities, and supporting community based activities, focusing a shift from a Secondary Care (Hospital treatment) centric model to a Primary Care (community & preventative) focused approach, aimed at building prevention and strong health promotion, reducing the burden for costly and sometimes unpleasant medical interventions through the Secondary Care setting.

The Ministry is fully committed to the Primary Health Care Approach and subscribes fully to the core values of ethics, equity and solidarity. In that regard, access to health is viewed as a fundamental human right and in achieving health for all we believe in promoting partnerships, cooperation and ethical conduct in health service provision. By embracing these core values, we set our aim to ensure that eventually all persons, regardless of their socio-economic situation, will have access to an essential package of quality health services.

Vision Statement

Ministry of Health & Social Services’ Vision directly supports the national agenda for Montserrat:

  “to be a resilient, high quality health system that enables and empowers all citizens to manage their health and wellness and have prompt, easy access to quality and affordable health and social care.”

Challenges

Ministry of Health & Social Services’ Strategic Plan is aimed at tackling three main challenges facing the island’s health care system:

Tripple Aim 

 Our Strategic Priorities

Given the challenges facing the Ministry, our Strategic Plan for Healthcare Development consists of the following key areas of priority:

  1. Enhanced Strategies for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases
  2. Improved Management of Non-Communicable Diseases
  3. Improved Clinical Outcomes and Patient Experience through improved of delivery of healthcare on island
  4. Updating the Regulatory Framework within which the Ministry delivers services
  5. Improved efforts at Vector Control
  6. Development of a Strategy for Health Financing and Universal Healthcare

Who are we?

Click here to see who are some of the team within the Strategic Management and Administration section of the Ministry!