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No plans to publish report on civil service oversight board's work

Operational Performance Board set up following review into civil service

There are no plans for a board set up to oversee the performance of senior civil servants and government departments to publish an annual report.

The Operational Performance Board was established as part of a review into the Island's civil service following the outcome of the Dr Rosalind Ranson tribunal.

The board's role is to provide high-level oversight of operations performance across government and enhance support and governance for the Isle of Man Government's Chief Executive.

It also includes routine reporting on government departments' progress, productivity and performance.

While not a decision making body, the board can recommend policy development subject to approval by the Council of Ministers.

Its formation followed a series of reviews into the civil service in the aftermath of the Ranson tribunal, which saw the Island's former medical director awarded a record-breaking payout after being unfairly dismissed for whistleblowing.

In a recent Tynwald written question, MLC Rob Mercer asked the chief minister whether he'd consider publishing an annual report on the activities of the board.

In his response, Alfred Cannan says there is no plan to produce such a report, but he is happy to provide an executive summary at the end of the calendar year.

He adds that the board is committed to looking at key performance indicators and how best to report these in the future.

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