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‘inappropriate’ to insist that the next chief executive of the DHSC live on the island.


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23 minutes ago, 2112 said:

Well the previous IOMG administration allowed it and quite frankly Ashford indulged them. 

 

26 minutes ago, Numbnuts said:

Should be resident here . Its total nonsense that a person can be appointed in such a position and operate from the UK.  

The whole ethos today is community based treatment therefore those who aspire to manage that process need to live and understand the community they wish to treat. To do so they must live within that community in order to understand what is required.

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9 minutes ago, Shake me up Judy said:

We've got a major organisational restructure; a health service crisis, key staff shortages, and we're still in the middle of a world pandemic with local infections rising and a dangerous new variant just announced. But the new head of the DHSC isn't even here. 

The new variant has been found in Belgium today. So it won’t be long before it’s here. 

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For context this actually appeared as a reply in what is the replacement for the old system of Written Questions.  Tynwald Members can now ask these any time and they appear on here, together with the answers when those are supplied.  Watterson is a big user of the system because it means he can ask questions when the next sitting is a Keys one where he couldn't do so as Speaker (or a Tynwald where he might have to take over), though I've noticed some Ministers are using it to question publicly what happens in other Departments - something that didn't happen before.  Anyway in full it is:

When he expects to advertise for a full time Chief Executive Officer for the Department of Health and Social Care; whether the role will be regraded in light of the creation of Manx Care; and whether the next incumbent will be expected to live on Island?

The Minister for Health and Social Care (Mr Hooper): The process to advertise for a permanent full time Chief Executive Officer is underway and the draft Job Description is going through the relevant OHR processes prior to advertisement, which includes establishing the appropriate grade for the post.

The department are hoping that this will be completed within the coming weeks ready for advertisement prior to Christmas/early in the New Year.

The department will recruit the best candidate for the role, i.e. one who meets the required criteria in terms of competencies and character, in order to take DHSC forward successfully. In doing so, it would be inappropriate to insist that the next incumbent should live on Island in cognisance of the contemporary approach to flexible ways of working both Isle of Man Government and DHSC seek to support.

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15 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

For context this actually appeared as a reply in what is the replacement for the old system of Written Questions.  Tynwald Members can now ask these any time and they appear on here, together with the answers when those are supplied.  Watterson is a big user of the system because it means he can ask questions when the next sitting is a Keys one where he couldn't do so as Speaker (or a Tynwald where he might have to take over), though I've noticed some Ministers are using it to question publicly what happens in other Departments - something that didn't happen before.  Anyway in full it is:

When he expects to advertise for a full time Chief Executive Officer for the Department of Health and Social Care; whether the role will be regraded in light of the creation of Manx Care; and whether the next incumbent will be expected to live on Island?

The Minister for Health and Social Care (Mr Hooper): The process to advertise for a permanent full time Chief Executive Officer is underway and the draft Job Description is going through the relevant OHR processes prior to advertisement, which includes establishing the appropriate grade for the post.

The department are hoping that this will be completed within the coming weeks ready for advertisement prior to Christmas/early in the New Year.

The department will recruit the best candidate for the role, i.e. one who meets the required criteria in terms of competencies and character, in order to take DHSC forward successfully. In doing so, it would be inappropriate to insist that the next incumbent should live on Island in cognisance of the contemporary approach to flexible ways of working both Isle of Man Government and DHSC seek to support.

I thought the reason d'etre of projects like LoveIOM card, work permits, promoting gaming etc. was to keep money on the island circulating (the spend £1 and it 'creates' £7 in the economy as it gets passed through various transactions) yet the government are quite prepred to have a CEO of locally delivered service live off island and 'phone it in'.

Begs the question, why do we need CGO at all? Maybe all of the CS should work from home stop renting offices and flog off the Sea Terminal, Murray House etc. Imagine the millions a year we'd save on maintenance and office refurbs, take the strain off of transport and roads, no subsidised canteen needed, more parking available. 

Would be great for accountability too as every email, Teams meeting and phone call could be recorded for posterity.

After all if its good enough for the DHSC CEO in the aftermath of a pandemic and the dire state of social care, mental health services, waiting lists, access to GP's and dentists... then it ought to be good enough for all of the other mandarins and great majority of desk jockeys.
    

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