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Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading wants your views on Nursing Home charges 23 May 2006

The Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading is asking for public views on the level of current charges for Isle of Man nursing homes.

Public views are being sought as part of an investigation being carried out under Section 19 of the Fair Trading Act 1996 by the Office.

Any person or organisation who believes they may have information which is relevant to the investigation is being asked to send their comments in writing to Kirsty Hemsley at the following address:-

Nursing Homes Price Investigation
Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading
Government Buildings
Lord Street
Isle of Man


Letters should be received by no later than 16th June 2006. Any information which you would wish to remain confidential should be identified.

The investigation is due to start today, 22nd May 2006, and will be conducted by Laing and Buisson, a UK consultancy company which specialises in the analysis of non-clinical aspects of health and social care markets. The company was selected by the Office following a tendering process. Examples of recent work by Laing and Buisson include a report on the future of the independent healthcare sector for the Healthcare Commission, a report entitled 'A Fair Price for Care' for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and 'Improving Lives - Improving Life', a report on the key strategic issues facing the long term care sector.


The investigation is being carried out under Section 19 of the Fair Trading Act 1996 which enables the Office of Fair Trading to conduct an investigation into any price which is of major public concern with a view to providing the Council of Ministers with information.

In 2001 the Fair Trading Act was amended to provide an additional stage of the investigation and where the subsequent report finds that particular prices are excessive and against public interest the Council of Ministers now have powers to make a Tynwald Order that can either fix prices or require them to be determined in a particular way.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for the investigation are as follows:-

  • Establish how the nursing homes have determined the level of their charges to be charged from 10th April 2006;
  • Determine if the level of IOM nursing homes fees are fair and reasonable;
  • Consider whether the differential between nursing and residential care charges in the Isle of Man are appropriate or otherwise;
  • Compare the level of IOM nursing home charges with those being charged or to be charged in nursing homes operating in the United Kingdom; and
  • Identify the costs of providing nursing care and health care products (where appropriate) which are being passed on to residents as part of the nursing homes fee in the Isle of Man.

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