Gef’s Daily Roundup

GP changes to stay

GPs across the island will continue to offer a mix of in-person and telephone appointments in line with an agreed approach to keep patients, staff and the wider public healthy and safe. 

Health and Social Care Minister Ashy said: ‘By making a decision about whether a patient needs to be seen or should have a phone consultation, GPs are doing what we have asked of them. It is not about minimising the numbers coming to the surgery, it is about allocating each patient the most appropriate appointment and protecting those who may not be in the best of health. And it helps ensure that patients who need to be seen by a GP can do so.’

Bye bye Dale

Jet skier Dale McLaughlan, who made headlines around the world thanks to his four and a half hour crossing to the island from Scotland, was sent home this morning as he boarded the Ben-my-Chree after his release from prison. 

Loganair changes won’t impact island

A DoI spokesman told Gef that Scottish airline Loganair’s announced change to an emergency schedule and will not impact on the routes it operates between the UK and the Isle of Man. The emergency schedule, which has seen the airline drop suspend or severely cut routes, is due to remain in place until February 2021.

Scarlet fever on island

Public Health IoM is warning people to watch out for the symptoms of scarlet fever, which is currently circulating in the island. It is very infectious and mostly affects young children, but is easily treated with antibiotics. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/scarlet-fever/ for more information.

Oxford vaccine on the way

The AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine could be approved by regulators just after Christmas, according to a medical scientist. Professor Sir John Bell said he expects the vaccine – which has been developed by Oxford University researchers – to get the green light ‘pretty shortly’.

Sikh community comes to the aid of truckers

With the news some truckers will be stuck around ports in the south of England this Christmas and the lack of food available to them this week, Gravesend’s Sikh community has stepped in to help. Cooking an astounding 800 hot meals in just under three hours. Volunteers working with Sikh humanitarian charity Khalsa Aid, whipped up 500 chickpea curries and 300 mushroom and pasta dishes.

Brexit

According to reports in Europe, a trade deal looks closer than it has for most of this month. But the issue of fishing quotas continues to be a sticking point in securing a deal. The issue really is not one of money, fishing is a tiny percentage of British and the EU’s GDP. It is more about representing the fishing communities that largely supported Brexit having seen their livelihoods and the place fishing holds in Britain’s national identity.