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New Health Minister appointed for IoM

New Health Minister David Ashford pictured with Chief Minister Howard Quayle (left) and Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney. Credit: IOM Government

The Isle of Man Government has announced David Ashford MHK as the new Health and Social Care minister.

He replaces Kate Beecroft who resigned last week.

His Ministerial Warrant of Appointment was given by the Lieutenant Governor His Excellency Sir Richard Gozney.

"I will work to set out a clear direction for the future, building on the foundations of the existing five-year strategy.

"The funding of health and social care services is a massive issue for countries around the world and I will work with my ministerial colleagues to serve the best interests of the people of the Isle of Man."

– David Ashford MHK, Minister for Health and Social Care

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WATCH: IoM lifeboat leaves slipway for the last time

An Isle of Man lifeboat has had its last slipway launch this weekend after serving Douglas for 29 years.

The RNLI's Sir William Hillary is leaving its usual berth at Douglas Lifeboat Station while a refurbishment of the building is carried out.

For the next few months it will launch from Douglas Harbour.

The final slipway launch from the lifeboat station was marked by a celebration with volunteers joined by boats from Ramsey, Peel, Port St Mary and Newhaven.

A memorial service was also held afterwards for the boat's namesake, founder of the RNLI Sir William Hillary, who is buried in Douglas.

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IoM Health Minister resigns

Kate Beecroft was Health and Social Care Minister for just over a year. Credit: gov.im

The Isle of Man's Health and Social Care Minister Kate Beecroft has resigned.

She met with Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK yesterday to discuss matters, following two resignations from Lib Vannin members last month.

A new Health minister will be appointed soon to work as part of the Council of Ministers and follow the Programme for Government.

Mrs Beecroft was appointed to head the Department in October 2016 and is leader of the Liberal Vannin party.

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Shortage of local doctors on the Isle of Man

Nobles Hospital in Douglas has 34 spaces for doctor roles. Credit: ITV Granada

The Isle of Man's Nobles Hospital needs more local doctors.

34 positions are currently vacant, 14 of which are consultant roles.

Figures were revealed in yesterday's House of Keys sitting by Jason Moorhouse, who said 24 doctors are locum and six posts are junior.

The Department of Health and Social Care Minister Kate Beecroft has previously stated that the department's overspend was largely due to paying temporary doctors.

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