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  1. Dr. Ranson's CV as set out in the news article of February 2020 announcing her arrival is most impressive. And at no point does she appear to have fucked up the acquisition of a chewing gum cleaner.
    16 points
  2. This should be a wake up call to all of us as to the nature of those calling the shots in government. Quayle is going - North Douglas make sure that you do the right thing and empty his malignant puppet at the same time.
    11 points
  3. There are still people on this Island who would happily have us living like that until (in their minds) the virus magically disappears. Which it won’t. They are the same people who are assisting our struggling local tourism & hospitality market by daubing the hashtag #plagueisland all over Twitter. They are the single biggest collection of self centred whoppers I’ve ever had the misfortune of encountering. Their age demographic is telling.
    9 points
  4. What is the point of both DHSC and Manx Care existing? It's like creating a whole department of utilities to supervise Manx Utilities
    8 points
  5. I'll just repeat what I said yesterday when this was first rumoured, in reply to @Annoymouse's point that sacking her would allow an unfair dismissal claim, and that's it’s a quick way to get everything hushed up as she wouldn’t be allowed to talk publicly about how she has been treated: That's the only remotely logical reason for it to happen now (if it has), but it's completely self-defeating because all the damaging stuff is out there and sacking her now would look like they are admitting that it was all true and they are just trying to silence her. What is more, because she gave her evidence back in May and they knew about (and responded to) it, if she did anything sackable they should have responded then. The fact that the report was released yesterday had nothing to do with her. As they didn't sack or suspend her in May, reacting now would have no possible legal justification.
    8 points
  6. I hope Dr Ranson becomes a multi millionaire on the back of this. The IOM CS and their political monkeys are a lot of "power" crazed assholes that need a reality pill. This type of conduct is not limited to the Health Service, it is the standard MO of all gov departments that I have had the misfortune to deal with. As in, not very intelligent people in positions that they think are "Powerful" and they try and act like gods. Bring on the Good Governance from the UK intervention if we keep going down this third world, stasi type silencing of whistle-blowers and shocking, really shocking incompetent governance.
    6 points
  7. Scenario A) Fuck up and lose the taxpayers millions (countless examples) - no accountability, possibly moved to a different role, keep benefits pension etc. Scenario B) Try to do the right thing, but call government out for their ineptness. - Sacked.
    6 points
  8. Absolutely disgusting. This lady was called as a witness to an investigative Government body and should be afforded the protection of such. The PAC should immediately denounce this act, if nothing else, for the peace of mind of future witnesses it may choose to call. This is not supposed to be some sort of dictatorial Banana Republic although it's Government and its Civil Service are doing an excellent impression of one.
    6 points
  9. 6 points
  10. I would be extremely surprised to see the number of deaths go down
    6 points
  11. What is disgraceful is the fact that the reason this professional lady was 'dismissed' was on account of her talking to PAC. Where was the same protection as that given to 'Whisleblowers'. She had the temerity/audacity to answer honestly the questions PAC asked. This gross and obvious insulting unfairness should be shouted from the rooftops....by PAC!
    5 points
  12. That insane doom coven on Twitter and the plague island people are despicable. As you say happy to destroy other peoples jobs and businesses as most of them dint need to work anymore. Totally selfish behaviour.
    5 points
  13. The Australian government have lost their minds.
    5 points
  14. Some of us will have steeled ourselves to delve into history to learn what happened in Nazi concentration camps, and in particular about the depravity in the guise of medical science - perverted science, by Joseph Mengle and his ilk, and also about the 21 “Doctors trials” in Nuremberg that followed after the war. ( Mengele , wasn’t there, he escaped to S. America) To even contemplate and equate what happened there with our NHS staff trying their best to reduce morbidity and mortality in our community from this virus , is not just reprehensible , it is utterly beneath contempt.Sadly such rhetoric is becoming steadily more raucous and threatening. Nuremberg Code 1. - regarding “Consent “ This has absolutely no possible relevance in this situation. This was established in the shadow of the atrocities perpetrated on the poor souls who could not object or avoid being painfully mutilated. “Experimentation without consent” almost makes it sound an abstract legal technicality rather than the outrageous brutal, moral and humanitarian obscenity it was. There is no comparison between people being herded off cattle trucks and forced to (read it for yourselves if you have the stomach ) be the unwilling victims of the most vile proceedures with no prospect afterwards other than the merciful release of death, and the 40,000 plus volunteers in free societies around the world in late 2019 and early 2020 who very nobly and bravely signed up as volunteers for the initial Covid vaccine trials. Since then over 4.5 billion vaccs.have been given world wide, each and everyone requiring consent. They are not compulsory - If you don’t want one - simply, don’t have one.
    5 points
  15. When Manx Care came into being in fully fledged form, April I think, Dr Rosalind Ranson was moved into an equivalent position in DHSC and a new medical director for Manx Care was brought in, Dr Sreeman Andole. Sree now does what Rosalind used to, namely leading the medical staff in Manx Care. I’m not sure what Dr Ranson now does exactly, I’m assuming it’s more of a board member role as DHSC is now a strategic body rather than a healthcare provider, and as far as I know does not employ any doctors directly to be managed/led by a medical director. I have not heard anything official that she’s been sacked from her current role, apart from the links here. But Manx Radio you’d perhaps expect to be accurate. And as I posted elsewhere, she was in post on Monday as I was in a Teams meeting with her along with other DHSC, Public Health, and Manx Care people.
    4 points
  16. It was always going to get to us, just had to be managed so as to lessen the impact.
    4 points
  17. Tynwald is supposed to protect witnesses from detriment on account of evidence presented to the PAC (IANAL)
    4 points
  18. From about 20 miles away the streetlights in Douglas don’t do much for me. There are no streetlights local to my house. It’s why it’s in a designated Dark Skies area, apparently. Do you think I should pay extra for the moon and starlight, when available? In reality, the All-Island rate is a nonsense dreamed up by Douglas MHKs and residents on the premise that everybody flocks to the Capital to use their facilities, on the equally nonsensical notion that it is fair that people like me should help pay for them. I hate Douglas; it is no better than many fairly run down towns I chose to avoid in the UK. Nobody suggested that I should pay Luton rates because I very occasionally drove through it to get somewhere else, as a result of using the streetlights and seeing some flower borders. One tended to exclude the other so, perhaps I could be charged 50%? An all-island rate is a separate issue from those of LA reform and LA waste. Douglas voters have allowed a hugely bloated DBC to develop over time. It is Douglas voters who need to address that problem and hold those responsible to account and not rely on those who have no say in who they elect and no use for the expensive facilities in that place to dig them out of the mire by helping to finance it. That’s fair.
    4 points
  19. As someone who's been in the industry for almost twenty years now, here and in Manila, it looks like an interesting article that appears well researched and goes beyond anything I've seen published before. I need a coffee and read that a couple more times. Complex topic with multiple angles and a lot to take in.
    4 points
  20. Any thoughts of DA becoming the next CM are plainly absurd, if not actually horrifying. There is a link on another thread: “Gambling (again probably)” to a rather captivating article which regales readers with some fascinating (and scary) insights into the workings of our highly-coveted e-gambling sector; a couple of well-known ‘pillars of Manx society’ are discussed in some detail. If this article is factually correct, then we have been unknowingly living with ‘sharks’, and the IOM’s reputation is in a very risky place indeed. The consequences of what is revealed could be very embarrassing for certain associations on the Island and also the IOMG. These potential consequences might not transpire immediately, as these things will likely take a while to sieve through, but undoubtedly at some time in the future they will occur. The next CM must be able to navigate through any type of tricky political ‘turbulence’ that pertains to our reputation, economy, public health and education, environment and food security, etc. And he/she must do this with integrity and intelligence. Shredding letters and engaging in ugly public spats with an eminent public figure are skills ideally suited for landing a starring role in a low-budget farce, but are wholly inappropriate/ unbecoming for a crucial role of the CM. I fear the dearth of suitable candidates will undermine the choices for the next CM.
    4 points
  21. I don’t understand the constant suggestions that Peel Ports and Liverpool City Council must have screwed over IoMG for the new Liverpool link span and terminal. Theres no evidence. IoMG probably made a wrong decision early on that a link span and terminal were necessary in Liverpool. Everything runs from that. Lets re cap. 1. existing landing stage end of life. Doesn’t accommodate half our fleet. 2. Peel and Liverpool wanted to replace it with extended cruise liner berth. Negotiations began. Yes Peel offered to build something. Yes the headline was at no cost to IoMG. But of course it wasn’t for free. Peel are a commercial enterprise. There’d have been an annual charge for use, staffing and a per use berthing fee or passenger throughput charge. Peel would have wanted a tie in for an extended period. This was before Steam Packet was IOMG owned. Does anyone think the cash strapped Portuguese bankers were interested in tying up IoMSPCo for 21, 50 or more years with income guarantees. That option had to fall away. So IoMG looked at securing by buying a long leasehold and developing a facility themselves. They’ll charge the Steam Packet. I can’t remember discussion about need, number of Liverpool passengers, strategic planning, or anything else. Yes there were berthing trials at Mostyn and Holyhead. It was made clear that freight wasn’t an option except in case of emergency. Then it became clear that Peel/Stena facility was no longer available due to it being adapted to accommodate e-flexers. Whats happened since is evidence of poor decision making based on a possibly wrong and uncosted strategic decision, ie the need for Liverpool at all. Followed by costings running out of control. That’s not the fault of Peel or Joe Anderson. I don’t see any machinations or scheming. The long lease is publicly available for inspection in the English Land Registry. Is there anything in it that suggests that Peel outmanoeuvred and ran rings around IoMG and it’s negotiators? Is it in more disadvantageous terms than other Peel land sales or leases of its Mersey portfolio? Liverpools only interest has been in road access and transport. Again is there any evidence of anything untoward, criminal or ring running and outclassing? My view is that enthusiasm for maintaining an historic Liverpool link overcame common sense, there was no proper needs analysis, costing, site investigation or adequate projections. And it’s that that needs to be investigated and drilled down into. And as for the suggestions of up sticks and abandon, is that realistic. IoMG owns the land. It can’t just hand it back, or cancel the design and build contracts, for ground works, linkspan, building the terminal. All those contracts will have a large cancellation cost. And then the land will need maintaining for 120 years. Its another ill thought out and poorly costed vanity project, with unanticipated consequences. RESA, silt in marinas, radar, promenade, horse trams, MER and Steam Railways.
    4 points
  22. So you really think that’s what I asked him! Twat.
    4 points
  23. Yes I saw that. Deeply cynical as I say.
    4 points
  24. Give it up man. Stop being a cock. There are clear and obvious problems with the way the isle of man government, both elected members of Tynwald and senior civil servants are handling normal day to day stuff, never mind emergency pandemic stuff. Your support in the face of all evidence is preposterous.
    4 points
  25. It’s not hard to work out. She went on holiday sometime between Monday and today. If Wednesday was her last day, that would make the PAC publication the ultimate mic-drop.
    3 points
  26. 3 points
  27. Perhaps it is all wrapped up in the employment issue. She says you have made performance of my job impossible or untenable and therefore have sacked me (unfair dismissal) and they say, we have not sacked you therefore you are still an employee (and if you don't turn up to work that js gross misconduct and a sackable offence).
    3 points
  28. This is a key point. I know there are people who push the idea we're not anything more than a county or even a town in England, but its not true. Things are different here, and it's not something you can just 'learn' in a few paragraphs someone has written, its probably not even possible to write what it is in a few paragraphs even. It needs to be lived to be understood, and even then its not easy. Some people get it, some never will. Unique properties. Is right.
    3 points
  29. Aren't unvaccinated more likely to develop symptoms though? I'd say that evens it out somewhat. If we are going to live with it this demonising has to stop. Get on with it, accept society is a rich tapestry and stop hating on people.
    3 points
  30. Yes a once robust and forward thinking nation reduced to the sort of insular madness we channeled last year. Border closures are psychologically bad for the national psyche of any country.
    3 points
  31. Maybe he coded the dashboards?
    3 points
  32. First we have to "do the dance" of undermining them, insinuations and remarks about poor performances, lack of abilities to work with others, question qualifications or experience, undermine reputations and actually get it into peoples heads they failed in their roles even before any legal or tribunal cases. (Might work out cheaper in the long run). And that it was all their own doing ! The blame game has already started I hear and it doesn't come as any surprise now that suggests the smear campaigns are in active mode. No-one comes out of this well.
    3 points
  33. When did that rule come in ?
    3 points
  34. No, I didn't, but I do see that in the introductory paragraphs it says that doctors must weigh the risk against the benefits. To date, I have not seen any reliable information that shows that the risks outweigh the benefits. There are grandstanding demonstrations of magnetism in what can only be described as uncontrolled and unverified circumstances, claims about some detriment to occur in three years, small numbers but medically recognised cases of blood clotting which has changed who is advised to have which vaccine. On the other hand, it is clear that we have seen devastating mortality, long covid, overrun of medical facilities worldwide. These things have led me to conclude that the risks of not having the vaccine far outweigh the risks of having it. Furthermore, not only does the vaccine protect the individual but there is evidence it helps in protecting the unvaccinated. So, I think that those who choose not to have it should be thankful that the majority of the population is willing to accept the mainstream advice to allow those people to choose not to rather than embark on an evangelical campaign. I have made my choice to protect me and those close to me have chosen also without evangelising with solid reliable arguments as to why those who choose not to are wrong, not just for themselves but for society. You have chosen not to, your choice, but please don't berate those who have exercised their choice differently with frankly lunatic articles and links. You have made your choice and must accept the consequences. I have made mine and have to accept the consequences also. What I will not do is jump on a bandwagon against the medical profession who by and large are acting with the best intent in good faith and for the greater good.
    3 points
  35. The confidence with which he spouts total bullshit is very dangerous to the oblivious.
    3 points
  36. I think the point you make is very valid. There is no way any of these Directors, Executive Directors and Manx Care Board Members should be based and remain off island. It is impossibles in my view not only to maintain professional relationships over Teams etc but it misses out on the daily ad hoc exchanges when those opportunities arise. The message it send out to the public and those who work in the Department of Stupid and Headless Chickens (DHSC - Thanks John) is that our services are not worth any serious participation beyond the end of an email whist having lunch somewhere else. At Nobles sometimes it's the meetings before and after the official meetings take place that can be the most informative and important, especially after the end of play over a cup of tea in the CEO's office. Re Governance etc All I can say at the moment is I think we need to let this issue settle down first but it is quite clear that for whatever reasons the current set up is not healthy. Changes now are inevitable I would think / hope. Manx Care has to embed itself. New pecking orders will be defined and new and constructive relationships need to be created. Hopefully a new culture may emerge, different from the one that we are told was not working and needed to be pushed aside. Some will want to be top dog in their own silo, some will keep their heads down but most will want to work collegiately for patient care improvements. It is knowing who is going to respond. It's inevitable, it is how people behave. Boundaries are important to some people as we have seen here. Manx Care need to concentrate on strengthening our ties with services not currently on the island and grow them now into a combined Trust like operation. If anything Covid has shown we can no longer cut it on our own anymore more. Politically unacceptable I know but when all the candidates talk about protecting our health and social services what exactly do they mean. Keeping it Manx only and yet accessing high quality clinical services does not equate for some any more. Worth thinking about but way down the line, maybe.
    3 points
  37. The Celtion connection is interesting, an ex top dog CS employee is the boss of a private company that their CS job supervised in that "industry"
    2 points
  38. But it doesn't make much sense in her case as she was recruited when the Manx Care timetable was already in place. So either she was always intended to move across to Manx Care and they then recruited someone else when they found she was wasn't in the usual line of photocopy managers (not that I'm saying the new one is either) which is clearly constructive dismissal. Or it was a specific role remaining in DHSC.
    2 points
  39. The biggest contributor to government coffers is gambling & what contribution do Iom government make to fund gambling addiction on Island? ZERO !
    2 points
  40. It's a very strange attitude anyway. "You mustn't listen to all these experts with their impressive cvs. You must listen to our expert instead because they have this impressive (exaggerated or imaginary) cv instead. People should always be sceptical of arguments purely from authority, especially when that authority is unwilling to explain further, but only countering it with less impressive authorities shows how weak the arguments are.
    2 points
  41. Only marginally. The vaccinated are approximately half as likely to contract the Delta variant so for someone with the exact same movement patterns I guess you could argue they're half as likely to have it, and half as likely to be able to spread it. But the vaccinated seem to be able to spread it just as readily as unvaccinated, so if both have it it's a bit irrelevant. Personal behaviour is probably a bigger indicator of risk to others than vaccination status at this point.
    2 points
  42. Yes, Financial Armageddon. The government's stats are dodgy, remember when they redefined their measure of inflation because they didn't like what the previous one was telling them? Unemployment is 'low' but that's down to Government emptying almost 10% of the total population and a fair few in senior positions who would otherwise be unemployable in the private sector. Government has a thirst to spend money and it seems to be growing, that's unsustainable against the finances and living on borrowed money.
    2 points
  43. 2 points
  44. I'm sorry to see the opthalmic professsion put out. Having a regular eye test can identify many diseases which can be treated early. Diabetes, high blood pressure and many other conditions.
    2 points
  45. When you were asked “What’s your goal here” and “what are you trying to communicate to us” you replied “Why I support informed choice and consent” I doubt anybody here would be against that but you are not forced to have the Covid 19 vaccine without giving your consent in the UK or the Isle of Man and I am not aware of many if any countries where you are. I am speaking in general terms here as there are cases where it is the party with legal responsibility who gives the consent rather than the recipient. You state you support informed choice but it seems your posts are all very much in one direction. If you were genuinely trying to inform would you not post both sides of the argument or do you post on say anti vaccine sites the evidence that the vaccine does not make you magnetic, is not made from foetuses and does not include a microchip. Do you post the evidence that Covid 19 is far more harmful than flu, that the risks of dying from Covid 19 if you are unvaccinated are far higher than the risks of dying from any reaction to having the Covid 19 vaccine.? If not then you are hardly supporting informed choice as that suggests you are putting forward all the evidence both for and against vaccination impartially. I am not sure whether it was you or another poster that referred to the conspiracy theory that the vaccine was designed to kill off a large part of the population in roughly three years time. That such a theory is used as an argument against vaccination is, to me, a strong argument that those arguing against vaccination do not have any sensible evidence to support their case. If they did they would not resort to using a crack pot argument that the average bright 11 year old would rubbish in seconds. 10 seconds thought would indicate the theory is nonsense as there are several different vaccines developed by different people in different parts of the world. Are they all seeking to kill off most of the human population? Except it is not most as kids are not vaccinated, neither will huge numbers who live in poor or in accessible parts of the word. On top of that if you are say Russia or China and wanted to take over the world you would just inject a placebo. Does anybody really think Russia would trust the USA & vice versa. A bit like a suicide pact. Would you go first and trust the other party to follow?
    2 points
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