Gef’s Daily Roundup

Shape the Future of HealthCare

The DHSC is recruiting two Manx residents to help shape its strategic decision-making as part of the ongoing programme of work to transform the delivery of health and social care in the Isle of Man. The Patient, Public and Service User Representatives will provide an independent voice by communicating strategic views of stakeholder groups to members and officers.

The representative roles are both voluntary, with the successful candidates being asked to contribute around two days of their time every month. They will be given appropriate training to help them maximise the contribution they can make to the DHSC, proactively work with those groups who may be under-represented in the community and increase public participation in, for example, surveys, consultations and health-related public events. 

 Kathryn Magson, Interim Chief Executive of the DHSC, said: ‘We want our representatives to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the DHSC by asking challenging questions of us so that we can ultimately deliver a world-class health and care system for Manx residents.’

The Patient, Public and Service User Representative role profile can be found here.

Dunkey Path

The footpath between Grove Mount Ramsey and Bay View is to be upgraded as part of the Department of Infrastructure’s Active Travel Strategy.

The path often known in Ramsey as the “Donkey” or “Dunkey Path” is narrow in places and extremely muddy in wet conditions, which limits its use in the winter months. The route provides a direct route into the central part of Ramsey away from main roads.

The path is currently a mud track. It is to be upgraded by being given a proper foundation and will be surfaced in asphalt. The narrower parts of the path are to be widened to an average width of 2.5 metres. This will allow it to become a shared foot and cycle path. It will also become fully wheelchair accessible for the first time.

Queen’s Birthday Stamps

Isle of Man Post Office has issued six stamps in celebration of HM The Queen’s 95th birthday which showcase key aspects of Her Majesty’s long reign since her accession in 1952 and pay tribute to HRH Prince Philip. The issue title ‘Devoted To Your Service’ is an extract from a speech during her first overseas tour in 1947. 

Maxine Cannon, General Manager Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, said: ‘We are very pleased to present this wonderful stamp issue in tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Lord of Mann. She really has devoted her life to the service of her people both here on our island and around the Commonwealth. Furthermore, we are honored to be able to congratulate Her Majesty on her upcoming 95th Birthday alongside ten fellow postal administrations.’


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Supreme Court Blocks Begum Return

Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria to join the Islamic State group as a teenager, will not be allowed to return and fight her citizenship case, the Supreme Court has ruled. The court said in a unanimous ruling that her rights were not breached when she was refused permission to return. Ms Begum, 21, wants to come back to challenge the home secretary’s decision to remove her British nationality. She is currently in a camp controlled by armed guards in northern Syria.

Harry – Press Wrecked My Mental Health

The Duke of Sussex has said he had to step back from royal duties to protect himself and his family from the ‘toxic’ situation created by the UK press. Prince Harry told chat show host James Corden it was ‘destroying my mental health’ and he ‘did what any husband or father would do’.

Mr Potato Head

A gender-neutral makeover will see a classic children’s plaything become the toy formerly known as Mr Potato Head. The classic toy’s branding is being ‘reimagined for the modern consumer’, its US maker Hasbro announced on Thursday. From later this year, the toy – launched almost 70 years ago – will be named Potato Head on packaging.

Super Follow

Twitter has announced plans for a new ‘super follow’ feature which will enable account holders to charge for exclusive additional content. This could take the form of extra tweets, joining a community group or receiving a newsletter, the firm said.