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House of Keys Sitting - 13th March 2007 13 March 2007

Oral Question 8 | Oral Question 9 | Oral Question 10 | Oral Question 11

The question number refers to the question order specified in the official Keys Question Paper. To read the answers, scroll down this page or select a link to a question from above.

The question number refers to the question order specified in the official Keys Question Paper. To read the answers, scroll down this page or select a link to a question from above.

Question NumberSubjectQuestion from
Oral Q8Palatine Medical PracticeMr Corkish, MHK
Oral Q9Confidential PaymentsMr Cannan, MHK
Oral Q10Manx Family Services paymentsMr Cannan, MHK
Oral Q11Breast ScreeningMr Cannan, MHK

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Oral Question 8

For Oral Answer:The Hon Member for Douglas West (Mr Corkish) to ask the Minister for Health and Social Security –

Has there been any progress made to retaining the Palatine Medical Practice in the Douglas area?

Answer

Mr Speaker,

The Department is currently evaluating the proposals for the relocation of the Palatine Medical Practice to a new site adjacent to Strang Corner in Braddan. The existing premises are totally inadequate for a modern general practice and it is essential that the Department takes steps to address this issue.

However I am cognisant of the strong representations made to me by the Honourable Member for Douglas West, Mr Corkish and I feel that the matter should be discussed with representatives from the area before a final decision is taken by the Department. I hope to be in a position to call a meeting during the course of the next two to three weeks and this will give an opportunity for Honourable Members with constituents who are patients at Palatine Medical practice to make their views known. In addition I would ask those members who feel they are affected by the planned relocation to contact me to be included in the consultation exercise. In the meantime I would like to thank the Honourable Member for this Question and ask him for his further forbearance.

Oral Question 9

For Oral Answer:The Hon Member for Michael (Mr Cannan) to ask the Minister for Health and Social Security –

  1. Was the secret payment (other than to Manx Family Services) made by your Department during the current financial year (as disclosed by the Treasury Minister) authorised by –
    • yourself or your predecessor as Minister;
    • H.M. Attorney General; and
  2. Which division of your Department (Health, Social Security, Social Services) was the secret payment applicable?

Answer

Mr Speaker,

I can confirm that the confidential payment made by the Department of Health & Social Security was authorised by the former Minister, the Hon Steve Rodan MHK.

The Department received advice and support from H.M. Attorney General’s Office on all aspects of this issue as well as guidance on the completion of a Compromise Agreement.

The Division from which the confidential payment was made was the Health Service Division.

Oral Question 10

For Oral Answer:The Hon Member for Michael (Mr Cannan) to ask the Minister for Health and Social Security –

What amount of money was paid to Manx Family Services in respect of each contract for the period 1st April 2006 to the date of termination of the contracts?

Answer

Mr Speaker,

The honourable questioner refers to “each contract” within his question. I refer to my answer given to this honourable house on the 27th February 2007. Whereas Manx Family Services were contracted to provide a range of services and these services had varying termination dates, there was, in reality a single contract with the company

A total of £2,497,045 has been paid to MFS since the start of April 2006 and ending 30th November 2006.

£1,568,109 was paid by BACS payment for the Core Contract, and £928,935 was paid by invoice for spot placements.

Oral Question 11

For Oral Answer:The Hon Member for Michael (Mr Cannan) to ask the Minister for Health and Social Security –

Will you make a statement to this House with regard to the policy and procedure for the introduction of the breast screening call and recall service?

Answer

Mr Speaker,

I thoroughly welcome the opportunity to clarify issues regarding this matter and thank the Honourable Member most sincerely for his very helpful question.

  1. The Department’s policy on this issue is quite clear in that it is fully committed to the introduction of a breast screening call and recall service that is effective, efficient and, above all else, recognises and embraces patient safety.
  2. The procedure, as stated in a Department press release in October 2006, initially involved the appointment of a breast screening radiographer to begin screening women who had already submitted self-referral forms, with the first women to be called under the call/recall programme receiving letters in February 2007.
  3. Unlike the self-referral scheme the call/recall programme is designed to screen a targeted section of the population with patient safety being of paramount importance.
  4. In establishing the administrative functions, therefore, the Department identified a Centre of Excellence for guidance.

    Initial discussions seeking advice from the Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry Breast Screening Service (a recognised Centre of Excellence which operates to UK national standards and provides a service to a number of primary care trusts) with regard to setting up the administrative function on-Island, soon turned to negotiations for them to actually provide this important element of the service.

  5. The unfortunate delay, which the Department regrets, is borne out of the need to ensure that all the necessary elements are in place.
  6. Such as:

    • IT links to Coventry (firewall issues, transfer of data, etc),
    • Security clearance for Coventry Staff (access to Manx data),
    • Installation of Breast Screening software, and
    • Setting up a local phone number for queries (linked to Coventry),

  7. In closing, Mr Speaker, I can confirm the Department is committed to the establishment of this new service. It is important to ensure a high-quality screening programme in the interests of patient safety and, with that as the Department’s priority, action is continuing to ensure that its introduction can take place without further undue delay.

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