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Tynwald Sitting - 15th May 2007 15 May 2007

Oral Question 2 | Oral Question 3 | Oral Question 4 | Written Question 6

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

Question NumberSubjectQuestion from
Question 2Policy for Kirk MichaelMr Cannan, MHK
Question 3Kirk Michael Surgery Public MeetingMr Cannan, MHK
Question 4Mr Rodan SHKMr Cannan, MHK
Question 6DHSS TaxiMr Henderson, MHK

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Oral Question 2

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

What is your policy for the provision of a General Medical Practice Surgery at Kirk Michael?

Answer

Mr President

The Department’s policy in relation to the development of GP premises is set out in the GP premises development plan, a copy of which I will make available to the Hon Member. The plan currently includes the provision of a GP surgery in the area of Michael. As with all new developments, the provision of a new surgery in Michael is subject to current financial constraints, particularly in terms of the ongoing revenue commitment and for that reason is currently on hold.

Oral Question 3

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

Will you accept an invitation to attend a public meeting at Kirk Michael so as to explain to the residents, your policy in regard to the provision of a General Medical Practice Surgery and answer their questions?

Answer

Mr President

I do not feel it would help to attend a public meeting regarding a General Medical Practice Surgery at Kirk Michael.

It may raise expectations that the Department was in a position to proceed, but our budgetary difficulties preclude us from doing so.

I issued an invitation to Mr Cannan MHK on 28th March to meet with him to discuss the issue and we subsequently met on 23rd April 2007. I advised Mr Cannan at that time that the Department’s ‘Rev 5’ budgets submitted by the previous Minister SC Rodan MHK, made no provision for the ongoing revenue costs of a General Medical Practice Surgery at Kirk Michael. This meant that there was no allowance made for annual revenue costs. I also advised that this had resulted in the decision to construct a new General Medical Practice Surgery at Kirk Michael being deferred. I explained the Department’s budgetary difficulties and my desire not to undertake any new commitments, until I could see where the budget was coming from. I had expected that as a long standing member of this Hon Court, he would have been able to accurately relay the content of his discussions of his constituency.

Oral Question 4

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

  1. Can you confirm that during the term of office of The Hon S C Rodan SHK as Minister for Health and Social Security, the Department was fully committed to the establishment of a General Medical Practice Surgery at Kirk Michael;
  2. Can you confirm that before The Hon S C Rodan SHK left office as Minister for Health and Social Security the site for the proposed surgery had received planning approval and the respective landowners had agreed the valuation with the Treasury;
  3. Can you confirm that the Department had engaged independent architects to determine the most appropriate site for the surgery; and
  4. Can you confirm that the Department had prepared the submission to purchase the required land at a cost within the capital expenditure programme detailed in the 2006/07 Budget, for approval at the January 2007 sitting of Tynwald?

Answer

Mr President

  1. I would suggest that the Hon Member directs his question to Mr Speaker.
  2. Yes. Planning approval was given on 18 August 2006 and expires after three years.
  3. Yes. The Architect was engaged to determine the most appropriate site for a surgery in Kirk Michael; the brief to the Architect did not extend beyond Kirk Michael. The Architect was engaged on the instigation of the planning officer who asked for a report on the suitability of the Bolton owned site versus other sites close to the village, as the Bolton land was not designated for development. The report simply was confined to planning issues on potential sites in and around the Village and not to the broader medical/health needs of the people.
  4. Yes. This has been held in abeyance until I could ascertain where the annual running costs could be found.

Written Question 6

For Written Answer:The Hon Member for Douglas North (Mr Henderson) to ask the Minister for Health and Social Security

  1. Is there a free phone provided within Noble’s Hospital to access a taxi service, if so where is it located and does this provide a direct line to one or more taxi operators;
  2. If there is only one dedicated phone line to one taxi operator, how do taxi operators acquire the rights to this, and is it done through a transparent, open and advertised tendering process; and
  3. Currently, is there a tender/contract period for this service and if so when was the contract awarded, and when is it due to expire. If it has expired, has the contractor who it was awarded to exceeded the contract/tender period, and if so what is your Department proposing to do about this to ensure a fair tendering process in the future.

If part (a) is in the affirmative, how long has this free phone service been in existence, and was it available for the public and staff alike on the ‘old Noble’s’ site. Has this service always gone out ‘to tender’, and that contracts past and present have always been for a specified period of time, and if not why not. If ‘yes’, how long are the specified periods of time for a contract to run the service for in the case of single or multiple operators.

Can you further confirm or otherwise that in the case of a single taxi operator (individually or company) whether or not the same contractor has always, usually or otherwise been the successful tender during the period of operation of the free phone service, assuming, again, part a is answered in the affirmative?

Answer

  1. There is a free phone taxi service, there are two free phones available one in the main reception and one in accident and emergency; the service is operated by one provider organisation.
  2. The contract was publicly tendered in accordance with the Isle of Man Government Financial Directions. (FD - Tenders).
  3. The contract in question is normally issued for a three year period. The current provision was for a period to run from 11 July 2003 to 10 July 2006. Hospital management have reviewed the appropriateness of this support contract provision in line the service provided, and further revenue opportunities which have been proposed by adding an additional dimension to the future contract(s). This fits with a full and detailed review of all contracts following the Price-Waterhouse Cooper report. The tendering process itself was completely fair and consistent and ensured full exposure to the local market place. The original tender was placed in the local Press in May 2003, successful and unsuccessful bidders were notified in writing simultaneously. The draft proposals have been produced for approval, and will be advertised in June 2007. Following the expiry of this contract we have informally “rolled over” the contract until we are sufficiently happy with the terms of the proposed new contract.

The free phone service has been in existence for 10 years and was for use for the public and staff alike at the old Noble’s site. This service has always gone out to tender and the contracts past and present have always been for a specified period of time.

Contracts are normally issued for periods of 1,3 or 5 years. We occasionally offer contracts for 3 years, with options to extend for a further 2. There are rare exceptions which would require Treasury permission to extend for further periods, there are other exceptions where only specialist organisations can undertake the service e.g. highly technical equipment maintenance.

During the total lifetime of this provision the contract has been issued to two separate companies.

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