A Liberal Vannin MHK has questioned why an external review of the island’s health services is not covering all areas.
The West Midlands Quality Review Service has been commissioned to carry out an independent external inspection of health services, beginning with critical care at Noble’s Hospital. It’s first inspection took place on November 26.
But in Tynwald last week, Health Minister David Anderson confirmed some areas would not be covered. He said the review programme has not yet been finalised but it was expected a number of care pathways will not be included. These included pathology, blood transfusion service, histopathology, haematology, biochemistry and microbiology, the mortuary, healing arts, occupational health, GP services, breast screening, services for those with learning disabilities and sleep assessment.
Kate Beecroft (Lib Van, Douglas South) said there was ‘an awful lot’ not being covered in the review. She questioned why GP services were not included. ‘Is that not an important part of our Health Service?’ said asked.
Mr Anderson said several areas were being reviewed by another agency. Breast screening was due for a separate review by a UK agency. GP practices are not directly run by his department and are already under regular scrutiny, he said.