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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 →

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Nurse Contributed To Patient’s Death

A registered mental health nurse’s misconduct contributed to a patient’s death, a disciplinary hearing has found. Martin Thomas Greenhalgh was handed a five-year caution order by the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s fitness to practise committee after he admitted misconduct. Mr Greenhalgh was working on shift as a nurse at Grianagh Court acute in-patient mental health … Read More →

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The Latest DHSC Cut: Now Some Elderly Are Going To Have To Pay For Incontinence Pads

We’ve had cuts to Meals of Wheels and planned changes to prescription charges. And last week cash-strapped health chiefs announced the end to the free home cleaning service for those needing social care support. Now it has emerged the Department of Health and Social Care has come up with another cost-cutting measure that may hit … Read More →

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Meals On Wheels – James, 76: ‘The Elderly Depend On This Service’

‘Elderly people depend on Meals on Wheels. They should reverse this decision.’ James Palmer, 76, looks forward to receiving his Meals on Wheels each week – and the chance to chat to the Age Concern driver who delivers them. He was speaking as Health Minister Kate Beecroft was called upon once again to explain and … Read More →

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Abortion: There Is A Huge Body Of Evidence About Why We Need To Change The Law Says Dr Allinson

Earlier this year, when the House of Keys gave Alex Dr Allinson the go-ahead to bring forward a private member’s bill to update the island’s laws, Health Minister Kate Beecroft voted against. She argued there was no medical evidence to support either side of the argument. But, Dr Allinson said the petition, plus harrowing accounts … Read More →

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MHK Wants To Change Organ Donation Consent Laws

An MHK wants to change the way Manx residents consent to organ donations. Garff member Martyn Perkins will ask to introduce a bill amending the law about organ donation in this week’s sitting of the House of Keys. Mr Perkins has previously spoken in favour of the Isle of Man bringing in a similar system … Read More →

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New Provider Of Orthodontic Services For Children

Regent Dental Care (Douglas) has been awarded a contract by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to provide orthodontic services for children. Orthodontic treatment specialises in correcting irregularities of the teeth or developing jaws and improving the function and appearance of the mouth and face. Orthodontic care is available for those children under … Read More →