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MHKs keen to see Public Health moved to Cabinet Office

Sir Jonathan Michael

Members voice support for change during health report debate

It's essential the Public Health directorate is moved under the control of the Cabinet Office.


That was a view expressed by a number of MHKs yesterday afternoon, as members discussed the Independent Health and Social Care Review Final Report by Sir Jonathan Michael.


It's one of the 26 recommendations made within.


Daphne Caine said the move would allow for a more statistical, factual approach to health analysis, substantiated in data:




That view was echoed by Clare Bettison, herself a former nurse:




 Bill Shimmims called the change "fundamental":


Current Health and Social Care Minister David Ashford told the court he believed the report to be excellent, saying it exceeded his wildest expectations, but went on to acknowledge years worth of talk and no action:


He said now is the time for change:



The motion was carried unanimously with the House of Keys voting 21-0 in favour, and the Legislative Council, 8-0 in favour.

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