Isle of Man road closures following severe weather
The following roads will remain closed until at least 12 noon tomorrow according to the Department of Infrastructure:
Beinn-y-Phott – Severe drifting has occurred overnight settling on compacted ice, work has commenced once again shifting the snow drifts and the ice has been treated, however this has hampered the road being opened to traffic.
Sulby Glen – good progress is being made utilising an excavator to remove large quantities of drifting snow, and gritting teams have commenced treating the area.
Druidale – Ballaugh plantation to Brandywell Cottage – large quantities of snow and thick ice in places.
Injebreck – good progress has been made utilising an excavator, however there is still substantial amounts of snow to clear with thick sheet ice in places.
A further assessment of road conditions will be undertaken again tomorrow morning by the Department of Infrastructure.
Patients being treated for breast cancer at an Isle of Man hospital are having their treatment reviewed.
Doctors say there is nothing wrong with their diagnosis but they need to attend a clinic after an issue arose with tissue tests that were used to decided "appropriate additional treatment".
The Noble Hospital has identified 22 patients who are affected. They are being contacted directly and being asked to attend a clinic appointment to discuss their treatment. More patients could be contacted as the review continues.
"Caring for patients is our priority and we appreciate that some patients and their families will be concerned by the fact that their current treatment may need to be reviewed.
"Noble’s Hospital is acting on the basis of information as it becomes available and all affected patients will be seen as quickly as possible."
– Stephen Upsdell, Noble Hospital medical director
Patients who are concerned 651300 between 9am and 6pm and speak to the Breast Care team.
Bus drivers on the Isle of Man are meeting union leaders to discuss strikes for the next three months in a bitter dispute with government-owned Bus Vannin.
The row began after the Manx government’s Department of Community Culture and Leisure (DCCL) instructed Vannin to cut the budget by £300,000.
Drivers’ contracts were then terminated and new contracts imposed, slashing drivers’ wages by up to £3,000-a-year.
Unite is urging Vannin and the DCCL to sit down face-to-face with an independent third party chair for binding arbitration to resolve the dispute.
It is with great sadness that plans for a new wave of strike action are being put in place today, particularly when there is a logical common sense way to end this protracted dispute.“I appeal yet again to Nick Black, the department’s chief executive and the DCCL to refer this matter to a third party for binding arbitration. This would be the fairest way to resolve the problem and avoid triggering further disruption to the general public on the Isle of Man.
– Bobby Morton, Unite
Unite members, employed by Bus Vannin, took part in a three-day stoppage last month (Thursday, 20 December, Friday, 21 December, and Saturday, 22 December 2012) after talks broke down with the company.
A man's been airlifted to hospital in Liverpool after being found with serious injuries on Loch Promenade in the Isle of Man. A 17 year old from Douglas has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm.