A resignation scheme is being reintroduced on the Isle of Man to help cut £10m on health and social care spends.

The Department of Health and Social Care's Mutually Agreed Resignation Scheme (MARS) is a voluntary scheme allowing discussion about the need for certain roles and encourages restructuring.

It follows the freeze on recruitment of non-essential roles announced last month, with the pledge made within the 'Programme for Government' to ensure everyone receives good value health and social care services.

The scheme was last used about five years ago.

Members of staff in relevant grades will be able to apply for MARS until 29 December.

The temporary recruitment freeze on jobs which are not essential to the delivery of front line services was our first action, allowing us to put the brake on a certain proportion of our expenditure. Seeking reductions in management roles is a further definitive measure. "The DHSC must become financially sustainable, and reducing our expenditure is essential. Carefully managed reductions in some areas of our employee costs will not affect the services for the public provided by the department.

Kate Beecroft MHK, Minister for Health and Social Care