Jersey tried for years to keep the reciprocal health agreement with the UK going as long as possible, a retired civil servant has claimed.

The ex-health department administrator, Graham Prouse, has said that it had been known for 20 years that the island was getting the better end of the deal and alleges that island officials exaggerated charges to disguise the real costs to the UK.

The British government stopped the arrangement at the end of March 2009, complaining that it was handing over