Health chief to speak at public meeting

Malcolm Couch

Malcolm Couch

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The civil servant in charge of the Isle of Man’s health system is to address a public meeting.

Malcolm Couch will present ‘Fit for purpose? Health and Social Care Services in the Isle of Man’ at the next Positive Action Group meeting.

Dr Couch took over as chief executive of the Department of Health and Social Care after Mark Charters quit less than a year after taking on the job.

Dr Couch had previously been chief financial officer at the Treasury.

His talk comes after the publication of a report into the health services entitled ‘Health and Social Care Services in the Isle of Man, The Next Five Years.

A spokesperson for the PAG said: ‘The future direction of the Health and Social Care is of paramount interest to all citizens, old or young.

‘It is in the safe pair of hands of Dr Couch, whom we are delighted has agreed to present his ideas direct to the public, shortly after receiving the approval of Tynwald.

‘Dr Couch clearly communicates his ideas and is at ease with meeting people.

‘One of the concepts being promoted in the report is “integration” in providing better care and more efficient care.

‘Anyone who wants to find out more should pop along to the Legion. As usual there will be an opportunity to question the speaker. The meeting is free and open to all.’

It takes place at 7.30pm on Monday, October 26, at the Manx Legion Club. Market Hill, Douglas.

For more details about the new health and social care report, see Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner.

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