IOM GOV UPDATE – 29TH APRIL

HOWIE, ASHY, DEBBIE – DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 

HOWIE 

GOOD AFTERNOON 

I HAVE TO DASH TO CHAT TO ZOOM THE UK SOON BUT WILL LEAVE YOU IN ASHY’S VERY CAPABLE HANDS

ASHY WITH THE NUMBERS

  • 4 NEW CASES TODAY 

  • NEED TO LOOK BEYOND THE DAILY NUMBERS AND LOOK AT THE OVERALL TRENDS WHICH ARE POSITIVE 

HOWIE 

  • WE’RE DOING WELL – LETS KEEP PRESSING THE CURVE DOWN 

  •  DEALING WITH THE COVID WILL BE A MARATHON NOT A SPRINT 

  • WE NEED THE ECONOMY TO RESTART IN A SAFE WAY, IMPORTANT FOR COMMUNITY MORALE 

OVER TO YOU DEBBIE 

  • THANKS FOR YOUR TIME THIS AFTERNOON 

  • FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS THAT CAN’T GO TO SCHOOL OR OUT TO PLAY – WE KNOW IT CAN BE STRESSFUL, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE IN SMALL LIVING SPACES  

  • FINANCIAL BURDEN CAN ALSO BE STRESSFUL FOR FAMILIES 

  • YOUNG CARERS MIGHT BE STRUGGLING TOO

  • VIRTUAL WORKING WORKS FOR SOME BUT NOT SOME OF THE MOST OF VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY WHO DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET OR DEVICES 

  • LIKELIHOOD OF ABUSE CAN ESCALATE WHEN FAMILIES FACE PRESSURE AND STRESS

  • 24 HOUR RESPONSE TEAM ARE DEALING WITH EMERGENCY INCIDENTS

  • SOCIAL WORKERS ARE STAYING IN TOUCH WITH YOUNG PEOPLE 

  • WORKED TO IDENTIFY ALL CHILDREN KNOWN TO BE VULNERABLE SO THEY CONTINUE TO ATTEND SCHOOL 

  • THANKS TO THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT FOR ALL OF THE WORK YOU ARE DOING

HOWIE – PASS ON THANKS TO COLLEAGUES FOR REMARKABLE WORK 

ASHY – PASS ON MY THANKS TOO, EXCEPTIONAL EFFORT 

QUESTIONS 

  • SHARED PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY – THE CHILDREN CAN MOVE BETWEEN HOUSEHOLDS

  • WHERE THERE ARE PARENTS IN THE UK – DEPT WORKING WITH FAMILY MEMBERS ON SOLUTIONS

  • WHEN CAN PEOPLE SEE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS? ANSWERS IN THE STRATEGY DOC, BUT NO DATES. #BABYSTEPS

  • ON 4 NEW CASES – IT’S THE 5 DAY TREND THAT MATTERS 

  • REPATRIATION – FOR THOSE STRANDED FURTHER ABROAD WE ARE DEPENDENT ON THE DECISIONS OF THE COMMONWEALTH. SOME HAVE DECIDED TO STAY PUT AS THEY FEEL IT IS SAFER, RATHER THAN RISKING TRAVEL 

  • ON LOCKDOWN AFFECTING FOSTER CARE – NO CHILDREN ARE WAITING TO BE FOSTERED. FOSTER CARERS WE DO HAVE ARE DOING A FANTASTIC JOB, KEEPING KIDS SAFE AND WELL 

  • SCHOOLS + NURSERIES OPENING – DR AL WILL GIVE A FULL UPDATE LATER THIS WEEK. CAN’T SHARE THE DETAIL IN THE DOCUMENT AS TYNWALD HAVEN’T APPROVED IT 

  • HOUSE MOVES – DELAY IF POSSIBLE, ONLY DO SO IF THERE IS AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY TO DO SO 

  • DOMESTIC ABUSE RISE  – WORKING FROM A BASE THAT WASN’T MASSIVE TO BEGIN WITH SO SUPPORT IS MANAGEABLE. LOTS OF WORK WITH HOME AFFAIRS AND 3RD SECTOR TO ENSURE THERE ARE SUFFICIENT FACILITIES TO ENSURE EVERYONE CAN STAY SAFE 

  • POLITICAL DIFFERENCES – POLITICAL IS ABOUT DEBATE AND COMING TO CONSENSUS. POLICIES SHOULD BE SCRUTINISED, THAT’S WHAT TYNWALD IS THERE FOR. “I DO BELIEVE WE REACH A BROAD CONSENSUS ON MOST THINGS”

  • NEW CASES – 1 RELATED TO ABOTSWOOD, OTHERS NEED CONTACT TRACING 

  • CANCER TREATMENTS – WORK ALREADY HAPPENING IN THE BACKGROUND, IT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN A CLINICALLY SAFE WAY. NEED TO BALANCE RISKS. WE’VE GOT TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR THE ISLAND. 

  • EXIT STRATEGY – WILL INCLUDE BROAD HEADLINES SO PEOPLE CAN SEE THE DIRECTION OF TRAVEL AND ORDER. DON’T EXPECT 50 BULLET POINTS UNDER EACH SECTION #BABYSTEPS

  • COMIS HOTEL  – WHY ONLY ONE HOUR A DAY EXERCISE ?  AS I CONSTANTLY SAY AT THIS PODIUM – ALL POLICY IS ALWAYS UNDER REVIEW THINGS CHANGE ON A DAILY BASIS  

  • SOMETHING THAT IS CAST IRON ON A MONDAY ISN’T NECESSARILY CAST IRON ON A THURSDAY 

SHOUT OUTS 

  • LISA HALL – WORKING AS A COVID WARD MANAGER AND HAS ALSO GONE IN TO ASSIST ABBOTSWOOD – FAMILY EXCEPTIONALLY PROUD 

  • SINGING JO – DANCE LESSONS FOR TODDLERS, THEY ALL LOVE HER

  • WARD 6 – ONLY SURGICAL WARD CARING FOR A MIX OF PATIENTS – SHOWING GREAT SKILLS AND FORTITUDE 

STRANGE AND CHANGING TIMES AND ALL OF THE DHSC STAFF HAVE HAD TO ADAPT TO A NEW REALITY. THANKS TO ALL  – ASHY

One thought on “IOM GOV UPDATE – 29TH APRIL”

  1. I missed this yesterday. A quick question re the ward 6 comment. When he says mixed, did he mean mixed sex or mixed covid status? Thanks

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