I am extremely grateful and full of admiration for the devoted people who have provided our health and social care services and cared for us during the covid pandemic. Thank you all!
The next administration will need to ensure that Manx Care is more resilient if we face a similar situation in the future. The focus now though must be in providing the resources to bring down waiting lists, particularly for those with chronic long term conditions and those requiring diagnosis and treatment for cancer.
Manx Care has another important task ahead of it; to better integrate health and social care. I will support measures to improve care for those who wish to stay in their own homes and provide more choice for people who may need to move into sheltered accommodation or residential homes in later life.
The situation with the Corrin Memorial Home in Peel has shown the need for more sustainable provision in this area. Private or charity run homes must have agreed relocation plans in place in the event of their closure.
Manx Care itself is a new approach to service provision. Its governance structure appears top heavy and opaque. I will support a review towards the end of the next administration.