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Issue number 29 Date: June 2010
LEADING FROM THE FRONT
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The Group that fights on behalf of the Manx people without fear or favour
The Love Letters
The Secretary of State Capitulates to People Power
The Secretary of State’s Comments to the Chairman
Interview with Mr Robert Fayle, Gynaecologist Nobles Hospital
In this issue
The Love Letters
The Ex Secretary of State capitulated to people power
The Ex Secretary of State’s Comments to the Chairman
Interview with Mr Robert Fayle Gynaecologist Nobles Hospital
The New Secretary of State for Health in the UK
The UK Elections and Proportional Representation
Manifestos as Manifestos go
The new Island Minister for Health
Manx Government renews DisabledGo Contract I have sent a letter congratulating him on his appointment, as well as looking forward to working with him to reinforce the close links between the Manx and UK Health Services for the benefit of residents of both jurisdictions and strengthening our close relationship”. The Diabetic does not want to dissect the reply as it would come as too much of a shock to the Minister, and we don’t want to rain on his parade. For starters it does not mention the “Advanced new draft Reciprocal Health Agreement” the Minister says he has, and which no one is aware of its contents on the Island. This should be made public so that we all know what he is up to. Due to the inactivity of the Manx Government in renegotiating some form of a new Reciprocal Health Agreement with the UK Government before the deadline of April 1st, the Chairman of the Friends of the Manx Diabetic and like minded friends called a public meeting at the Legion Hall in Market Street, Douglas on Monday 8th March last, to discuss the rescinding of the Reciprocal Health Agreement and what actions should be taken on behalf of the Manx people. The Resolution read: - But before the debate could get under way and before Mr Cannan could present the People’s Motion, the Chief Minister stood up and indicated to the President of Tynwald that he wanted to make a statement. We, the people, may appear to be silent now in the hope that the Manx Government will now pull up their socks and negotiate a permanent Reciprocal Health Agreement on a similar basis as to the six months extension agreement that has been negotiated for them by the peoplee, where no one pays each other anything but treats all patients for free. The Chairman acknowledges Mr John Shimmin MHK, and Mr Bill Malarkey MHK who attended the Public Meeting as observers. For more than a year now the United Kingdom Government has made it very clear that this is a policy decision that is not open to negotiation”. Unquote. This concurs with the suggestion as made in the Chairman’s letter to Mr Andy Burnham, see the previous article in this months diabetic, and the motion as unanimously agreed by the Manx people at the public meeting. Here he is telling us that he hopes “this could form the basis of a new reciprocal agreement” The Diabetic hopes the Manx Government is also listening, and we hope this clarifies the situation for our Government. In those days, he said there were no strips for checking blood sugars, as we know them today, they weren’t introduced until the 1980’s. On a personal level he had never found that his diabetes interfered with his job in any way. He was most emphatic that this was something which those involved in its development should be very proud of, and something that all diabetics want to see continuing to develop. We are grateful to Mr Fayle for taking time off in his otherwise busy schedule to talk to The Diabetic and we thank him profusely. We must keep in mind that they may, with Vince Cable thinking and their present money problems, that they may come once again knocking at the door of the Isle of Man Treasury for more money, as we have previously pointed out, once they put up the VAT to 20% or twenty two and a half percent. The Chairman has had great experience with proportional representation, because Gibraltar has proportional representation and whilst in Gibraltar he has been at every count since he was sixteen. However the moment these members decide to look after their constituent’s interests and put them first, the Government would become a dead duck, unless the Government have 13 Ministers and the rest are in opposition. Then it would be a proper democracy. 55) Since Iraq needs to have a proper infrastructure before they can run their own country. We propose we send our traffic wardens out to Iraq to give tickets to American Jeeps and Tanks illegally parked thereby raising much needed revenue for the Iraq Government. If the Doctors were prepared to meet the 10% savings that the department is trying to find across the board, why hasn’t the Minister cut 10% of his own salary and that of all his civil servants, instead of cutting front line services that will affect preventative care for the Manx people, and in the long run cost the Health Department more money, not to mention the pain and suffering to the Manx patients. The Diabetic knows of consultants who were going to come and have had second thoughts because of the pensions and are now not coming. These will probably be the first of many. In reality, a Government which does not care about preventative care, for the sake of saving a few pounds here or a few pounds there at the expense of hospital facilities, whilst wasting millions here there and everywhere is not a Government of care for the people. Where are all these savings that the Chief Minister proclaimed from the top of Snaefell, and convinced himself, his Ministers and his members of Department but nobody else? As regards the Isle of Man website, The Diabetic has been informed that the number of hits on the Isle of Man Website were over 25,000 during the course of the year. The Tynwald Advisory Council for Disabilities held their annual meeting at The Manx Foundation on Monday 17th May at 7.30 in the evening. Mr Braidwood said they had requested a copy of their annual report and had asked the Department of Health for permission to make available the report at the meeting. Mr Edwards on the other hand in reply to a question from the Chairman as to why they had not cut their salaries instead of cutting front line services at the Hospital, explained that their salaries had been frozen for a year (Whoopee). 9) The lab test indicated abnormal lover function. Previous research has shown that pine bark extract might help reduce blood pressure and mild hypertension, although it is not clear why. So he recruited a Cockroach, who had extensive experience as a supervisor, and who was famous for writing excellent reports. Having reviewed the changes for running the Ant’s Department, the Lion found out that the production was much lower than before. The Ward Manager will in future be known as ward sister or charge nurse. Suggestion; how about scuttling our fishing protection vessel in the bay to save money on fuel.