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Health Service review calls for improvements

HSCC report makes key recommendations

A review of the Island's health service has identified problems within it and made 12 key recommendations on how things can be improved.

They come in the latest report by the Health Services Consultative Committee.

It covers a period which coincides with major changes to the structure of the Department of Health and Social Care, which included the introduction of a new senior leadership team.

The review by the HSCC says progress is not being made as quickly as it could have reasonable expected, adding there is minimal evidence that ongoing progress is visible to staff and patients.

It says the previous health strategy for the Isle of Man (a ten-year one, introduced in 2011) appears to have been put to one side and is yet to be replaced by an alternative, although a draft strategic vision has been drawn up for consultation.

The report also says the intended transition from acute to community care has not yet materialised in practical service provision.

The HSCC's recommendations include; the department publicly stating whether the 2011 strategy is still valid and active, rebuilding the health budget using zero-based methods and limiting political intervention at the hospital to policy issues and strategic direction, leaving clinical decisions on patient care to clinicians.

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