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Give Your Views On Medicinal Cannabis!

Members of the public are invited to give their views on whether Isle of Man laws regarding the use of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes should change The consultations are now open and due to close 20 March 2019 Please note that a separate consultation considering the decriminalisation of cannabis will be held at … Read More →

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The Child With A One In 100,000 Medical Condition

Out of the list of seven classic defects and disorders that make up Vacterl Association, little Ruby Bunce has six of them. The fact that she has managed to make it to two and a half years old is a testament to medical care, her mother’s fierce determination to do the best for her and … Read More →

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Reformers Welcome Abortion Law News While Others Call It Wicked

Reform campaigners have welcomed this week’s news. But a pressure group that fought against the new legislation mourned the ‘loss of legal protections’ for the unborn child and claimed ‘abuses’ had now been enshrined in a ‘wicked’ Manx law. Pro-choice group the Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation said reform was overdue, arguing the 1995 Termination … Read More →

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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.