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The Future of Health and Social Care 21 July 2008

The challenges and options facing the future of health and social care in the Isle of Man were set out in a Department of Health Social Security presentation to Tynwald Members today (Friday July 18, 2008).

Members heard that services and budgets were coming under mounting pressure from a range of factors, not least the ageing population – the number of people aged 75 and over is estimated to grow by 60% from 6,700 in 2006 to 11,000 in 2026.

Other trends include accelerating public demand and expectation, the increasing complexity and cost of services, and the demands of rising professional and regulatory standards.

Options which may be considered for the future include greater targeting of services and benefits according to need and requiring increased contributions from service users who can afford to pay.

Members also heard a warning that the UK economic downturn would affect indirect tax receipts and the revenues available to all Departments.

Eddie Teare MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security said,

“The DHSS is a priority area for the Island’s people and government, but there are difficult decisions that we cannot run away from. What we need now is a national debate on the future of health and social care in the Isle of Man.”

A condensed version of the DHSS presentation to Tynwald Members will be presented to the public at the upcoming DHSS Public Meetings, taking place throughout the next fortnight. To find out the time and date of the meeting closest to you, visit www.gov.im/dhss or contact Mathew Wadsworth on 685005.

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