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DHSC shouldn't need as many staff, says MHK

New managerial roles in Manx Care to cost £3.5m per year

The health department shouldn't need as many staff if it's no longer running the hospital and health services.

That's from Ramsey MHK Lawrie Hooper ahead of Manx Care taking over healthcare operations in April next year.

Recently-published figures show 19 management positions are needed to run the board, 13 of which are new, with a cost of £3.5million per year.

Speaking with Sian Cowper, Mr Hooper says he believes the Department of Health and Social Care should only need a small team to handle policy going forward:

Manx Care 'won't duplicate DHSC staff' - Health Minister David Ashford

Meanwhile, the Health Minister insists there won't be a huge amount of duplication between staff in his department and Manx Care.

The management team for the new healthcare board will be made up of 19 roles, 13 of which are new.

The organisation is due to be fully operational by April, with recruitment for several of these posts underway.

But David Ashford MHK says a number of posts from the Department of Health and Social Care will transfer to Manx Care:

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