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Oral Question 12 | Written Question 1

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Question NumberSubjectQuestion from
Oral 12Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Young PeopleMr Karran, MHK
Written 1ComplaintsMr Quirk, MHK

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Oral Question 12

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

  1. What initiatives have you undertaken, along with the Department of Education, to get the information over to young people about sexually transmitted diseases; and
  2. Could you tell us whether there has been an increase in herpes on the Island, and what initiatives have been taken to inform our young people that once they have got the disease, they have it for life?


  1. A range of initiatives have been undertaken in partnership with the Department of Education. These include –
    • the Healthy Futures Programme
    • the CHOICE Social Marketing Project
  2. The Department of Health & Social Security are working with the Department of Education to revise and update the Sex & Relationship Education Policy and Guidance.
  3. A family planning trained nurse provided workshop training to approximately 40 Youth Workers on sexual health and adolescents.
  4. A family planning trained nurse supports Youth Workers by telephone, as required, and facilitates familiarisation visits to the family planning clinic.


  1. Yes. There has been an increase in the numbers of genital herpes simplex diagnosis in the Genito-Urinary Medicine Clinic (GUM). Chlamydia is the most prevalent STI’s diagnosed in GUM.
  2. An awareness campaign was launched in December 2006, working with 11 Pharmacies across the Island, the Family Planning Clinic and Accident & Emergency Department, Noble’s, about the risks of acquiring sexually transmitted infections through unprotected sexual intercourse.
  3. A tutorial on contraception and sexually transmitted infections is given by a school nurse to all new entrants at Isle of Man College.
  4. Department of Health & Social Security school nurses attend the Isle of Man College on a weekly basis providing advice and information on a range of health issues, including sexual health.
  5. School nurses provide ‘drop in’ sessions for all secondary schools on the Island, where, if appropriate, sexual health education and advice is given.
  6. A school nurse attends Ballakermeen School to discuss ‘girls health’ with every year 10 tutor group, covering a broad range of issues, including sexual health and provides information and advice about genital herpes.
  7. A school nurse attend the annual Ramsey Grammar School Health Fayre to discuss sexual health issues.
  8. Department staff attend the annual Isle of Man College health fayre to raise awareness about the risks of the short and long term effects of sexually transmitted infections.
  9. A school nurse and family planning trained nurse attend Youth Clubs on request.
  10. Staff worked closely with Youth Services to develop a questionnaire about sexual health awareness and needs of young people. The questionnaire was administered through focus groups which commenced on 15/01/07.

Written Question 1

For Oral Answer:The Hon Member for Onchan (Mr Quirk) to ask the Chief Minister

Can you provide the number of written complaints for the year 2006 to date made to Civil Service Commission concerning –

  1. bullying;
  2. harassment;
  3. and can you also provide the same information from all the other Government Departments?


The DHSS Human Resources Directorate were advised of written complaints against 18 individuals in the period 1 January 2006 to date (15 May 2007). Two were against Civil Servants and the remaining 16 were against public servants.

The results of investigations into these complaints are shown in the following table:

 Complaints upheld Complaints not upheld Complaints currently under investigation Complaint resolved informally without investigation
Civil Servants 2  
Public Servants5 6 4 1

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