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Keys Sitting - 26th June 2007 26 June 2007

Oral Question 10 | Oral Question 11 | Written Answer 3

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
Oral 10Drug and Alcohol Team Mr Malarkey, MHK
Oral 11NHS DrugsMr Cannan, MHK
Written 3Nursing and Allied StaffMr Henderson
   
   

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Oral Question 10

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

For each of the last three years could you please provide the following information –

  1. how many referrals have attended the Drug and Alcohol Team;
  2. what is the waiting period for an appointment with the Drug and Alcohol Team;
  3. how many beds have been occupied by detox/rehabilitation clients;
  4. how many referrals have there been to the UK rehabilitation facilities and what is the annual cost for the last three years of these placements;
  5. when does your Department intend to fund the opening of the fully-equipped Drug and Alcohol unit at Reayrt Noa for full-time rehabilitation client use;
  6. does your department support or use any Charitable Organisations to help people with Drug and Alcohol problems; and
  7. could you please circulate your answers to Members?

Answer

Mr Speaker

  1. During the last three years the number of referrals of those who attended the Drug and Alcohol Team were as follows: Year April – March
    • 2004 – 2005 441 total
    • 2005 – 2006 439 total
    • 2006 – 2007 455 total
  2. The waiting period for an appointment with the Drug and Alcohol Team for initial assessment is 2 to 3 days and subsequent to that if the case is to be active the allocation to the Key Worker takes place within 7 days.
  3. The number of beds occupied by detox/rehabilitation clients within Grianagh Court in the last three years is as follows: Year April – March
    • 2004 – 2005 18
    • 2005 – 2006 29
    • 2006 -2007 17
  4. The number of referrals to the UK rehabilitation facilities with estimated annual costs are as follows: Year April – March
    • 2003 – 2004 12 referrals £ 99,342.00
    • 2004 – 2005 8 referrals £ 133,902.00
    • 2005 – 2006 7 referrals £ 102,937.00
    • The data for 2006-2007 is not as yet available but will be passed on as soon as it is completed.
  5. The department intends to fund the opening of the Drug and Alcohol Unit at Reayrt Noa once we are satisfied that we have the resources available to us to operate the unit within our overall financial and manpower allocations. Last year’s Gold Bid figure was £520,646.00 with 11 wte additional staffing.
  6. The Department supports and part funds the Alcohol Advisory Service (AAS) (£173,813 per annum) and Drug Advice Service Helpline (DASH). (£60,000 per annum)

Oral Question 11

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

Are the following drugs available on the National Health Service for treatment of patients in the Isle of Man –

  1. Macugen;
  2. Lucentis;
  3. Erbitux;
  4. Tarceva;
  5. Alimta;
  6. Velcade;
  7. Gliadel;
  8. Fosavance;
  9. Aricept;
  10. Reminyl; and
  11. Exelon?

Answer

Mr Speaker

  1. Macugen; no, but we pay for its use in the specialist centres to which we refer patients
  2. Lucentis; no, but we pay for its use in the specialist centres to which we refer patients
  3. Erbitux; no 4. Tarceva; no
  4. Alimta; yes, this was used last year, however, guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NIHCE) does not recommend its continued use.
  5. Velcade; no
  6. Gliadel; yes, this was used in recent times, however, guidance from NIHCE does not recommend its continued use.
  7. Fosavance; this brand is not used on the Island, however, alendronic acid is used.
  8. Aricept; yes
  9. Reminyl; yes
  10. Exelon; yes

Written Answer 3

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

  1. What policy is there governing time off in lieu for nursing and allied health professionals employed by the Department of Health and Social Services;
  2. in the past twelve months, how many of this staff group have worked time off in lieu as opposed to taking additional payment; and
  3. what is the accumulative total of time off in lieu currently outstanding in respect of nursing and allied professional staff?

Answer

  1. Within the DHSS, Time Off In Lieu may be requested as an alternative to payment for time worked outside normal contracted hours, with prior arrangement from the line manager. Time Off In Lieu is outlined in Policy T6, of the Red DHSS Personnel Policies & Procedures File and is compliant with UK Whitley Terms & Conditions (attached).
  2. We have no central collation of this information as this is managed at local level and monitored by line managers throughout the DHSS. The work required to obtain the information to answer this question is therefore not commensurate with time.
  3. As per question 2.

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