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New Meals on Wheels leaflet issued on Isle of Man

Elderly residents who rely on the Meals on Wheels service have expressed their fears of isolation following cuts. Photo: PA images

The Isle of Man Department of Health and Social Care has issued leaflets regarding options for Meals on Wheels customers following cuts.

Last month the department announced it would end a contract with charity Age Concern, which costs around £150,000 a year, on 12 January 2018.

Following the announcement Age Concern claimed the DHSC had not consulted with them, and that residents aged between 90 to 102 depend on the service.

Age Concern, formerly Age Isle of Man, have been providing meals to people since 2008, but now two different suppliers have been named.

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Health Minister Kate Beecroft defended her department's decision to end the contract, saying in a Tynwald sitting, "Nobody is going to be left unsupported if they need support."

A statement issued by the DHSC said: "Everyone currently receiving meals – around 300 people in total – has today been contacted by the Department and assured they will be provided with support if they need it."

The Meals on Wheels leaflet explains the meal options available and details a number of additional services and benefits not currently available.

Anyone who has any queries or would like more information should contact Adult Social Care by telephoning 686179.

The situation is not ideal, but there are a number of providers of home-delivered ready-meals operating on the Island. The public has choice and different pricing options available to them.

I want to make it absolutely clear that customers will be kept fully informed of the outcome of discussions with Age Concern Isle of Man and, if necessary, helped by the DHSC to find an alternative meals provider.

I would like to place on record my thanks to Age Concern Isle of Man for its work with the Department and, despite this news, I hope that the DHSC will maintain its positive working relationship with this important charity.

– Health and Social Care Minister Kate Beecroft MHK