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Endoscopy: Alarm Bells Were Ignored

An independent review of failings in the endoscopy service, made public for the first time, shows alarm bells were raised numerous times by clinicians. The confidential report, completed in March this year, has now been published on the government website following a request made to Health Minister David Ashford in the House of Keys. It … Read More →

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Legal Victory Will Save On Drugs Bill

A UK high court victory that will save the NHS millions of pounds on its drugs bill has been welcomed by health chiefs here. The High Court case was brought against the NHS by drug firms Bayer and Novartis. They had challenged the lawfulness of a policy by 12 north of England clinical commissioning groups … Read More →

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Health Minister Confident About His Department’s Finances

Health Minister David Ashford is confident that his department will hit budget targets by the end of the financial year. As Friday’s Courier reported, a Tynwald question last week revealed that the department was £1 million over budget for the first quarter, but Mr Ashford said that the health service was subject to monthly fluctuations. … Read More →

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Sights Set High For Eye-Care Services

Changes to the island’s eye care services should see a variety of improvements soon. The latest eye care initiative should see more specialist eye care nurses and technicians at the eye clinic, more patients with macular degeneration being treated on-island, and a reduction in eye care waiting lists from two years to 13 months. In … Read More →

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Product Recall – IOM Office Of Fair Trading Issue Notice – Durex Condoms

Important Safety Notice: DUREX CONDOMS The Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading wishes to make the public aware of an important safety notice which has been issued by Durex. Durex has initiated a product recall of specific batches of non-latex Durex Real Feel and Durex Latex Free condoms. No other Durex products are affected … Read More →

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Cancer Test Available In The UK Should Be Available In The Isle of Man Too

Health Minister David Ashford says that the Department of Health and Social Care is still ‘reviewing the guidance’ around a cancer test that has been available in the UK since 2013 and which cancer experts believe should be made available here immediately. The Oncotype DX test is used for patients in the early stages of … Read More →

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Phone Lines To GPs’ Surgeries Down

Health bosses are warning about problems affecting incoming and outgoing phone calls to all the island’s GP surgeries. Work is being undertaken to resolve the issue but residents may encounter problems in the meantime. Anyone in need of emergency treatment should call 999.  

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Home Care Service Under Threat As Staff Can No Longer Claim Mileage Expenses

The home care service is under threat because of a decision to axe carers’ mileage expense from home. That’s the view of one carer, Jane [not her real name] who contacted iomtoday.co.im. She said carers had been ‘dropping like flies’ since the expense claim was cut by the Department of Health and Social Care in … Read More →

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What Is The Definition Of Poverty? Poverty Committee Seeks Views Of Public

A Tynwald committee looking into poverty on the Isle of Man wants to hear from the public. The Island’s parliament set up the select committee earlier this month to look into the definition of poverty, the underlying causes and assess Government policies to tackle poverty. The body is now inviting written submissions from anyone who … Read More →

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Prepare To Stay Well In The Cold

Think ahead and plan to stay well, warm and safe during the bitterly cold weather forecast over the coming days.   The Met Office has predicted what may be the coldest winter period the island has experienced in several years. Near or sub-zero temperatures are predicted to continue throughout the week and a significant wind … Read More →