Kate Beecroft asked a pertinent question in the House on the 20th of November 2018, regarding safety and procedures. She asked the minister for health, David Ashford:-
"What areas, if any, of Nobles Hospital, would be considered unsafe if the same standards and inspections were applied in the same way as they are in hospitals in England?"
David Ashford's response was quite comprehensive but I was drawn to one part of his answer:-
"... the standards we have in the Isle of Man; yes, they (the CQC) should be monitoring and ensuring that we have proper clinical-governance, but they should be standards that are appropriate to us, not just 'carbon-copying' what they're doing across the water, which, in some cases, I don't think they are actually working..."
It got me wondering whether, on the Isle of man, we are somehow suffering from different diseases and ailments and our health requirements were somehow exclusive. Here is a minister with a hairs-breadth of experience in running a health service questioning the judgement of professionals with many years of experience. A hospital is a hospital, is it not?
You can hear this section of response around 5:38 or thereabouts...