Inflation

Figures released today show that inflation rose by 1% between March and April, up to 1.2%. The figure does exclude sea and air fares, which if they were included, the CPI rate of inflation would be -0.4%. The biggest contributor to this increase is recreation and culture, leading to a 0.6% increase in the overall 12 month rate. All products within this category experienced an increase in prices with kennel fees (14.3%) experiencing the greatest increase compared to April last year. 

Other big contributors were housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuel and transport, each leading to a 0.4% increase in the overall 12-month rate of inflation. 

Murder at the Big Top

A murder mystery night with a cicruit them, whats not to love? On Friday the WASP group is hosting a night in aid of Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Isle of Man. The evening kicks off at 7pm on Friday May 14 at Union Mills Football Club. Tickets are £20, including a choice of hot pot or curry with vegetarian option available on request. For tickets contact Heather on 410103 or email NaseemsCharity@manx.net 

Primary Care

Two new trials that will pave the way for Dermatology and Physiotherapy services to be provided within GP surgeries in the future are due to begin this month at several practices on the island. This new approach to providing care will offer patients a faster and more efficient route to seeing specialist medical professionals for treatment and assessment, prevent unnecessary referrals to other services within secondary care and reduce service waiting times.

Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Clinical Director, Professor Partha Vaiude, is leading this flagship programme at the Ramsey Skin Clinic to train a group of five GPs with an extended role in Dermatology so they can provide dermatology consultations at specified GP practices across the North, South, East and West of the Island. The first of these clinics will launch in Peel later this month run by Dr Helen Teare, an experienced GP colleague who has been working in the Skin team for several years.

Meanwhile, a separate initiative will see Advance Practice physiotherapists located within GP surgeries to help people who need treatment for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Patients will have direct access to these specialists – known as First Contact Practitioners (FCPs) – who will assess their condition and provide specific, targeted advice to help them stay healthy and well. They will provide one-off treatment as needed and, if patients require ongoing rehabilitation, make a referral to the Island’s central MSK Physiotherapy service. To start with, the prototype will be developed at both the Ramsey Group Practice and the Kensington Group Practice in Douglas, and available to patients of those practices initially.

MONEYVAL

Following the conclusion of the 61st MONEYVAL Plenary Council meeting, it has been confirmed that the Isle of Man is no longer required to report to MONEYVAL on an annual basis. This decision reflects the progress of the gov in developing a technical framework and providing reassurance to industry. 

MONEYVAL is the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism, its aim is to ensure that its member states have in place effective systems to counter money laundering and terrorist financing and comply with the relevant international standards in this matter.

Over the coming years the island will continue to focus on measures to enhance the prevention, detection and prosecution of money laundering, proactively engaging and promoting cooperation with businesses and international organisations.  The Isle of Man will next be required to report to MONEYVAL in three years’ time.

Hospital Baby Murders Trial 

A nurse accused of murdering eight babies and attempting to murder another 10 has appeared in court. Lucy Letby, 31, is charged with murdering five boys and three girls at the Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and June 2016. She is also accused of the attempted murder of another five boys and five girls. Ms Letby appeared at Manchester Crown Court via videolink, she was arrested in 2018 and 2019 as part of a police investigation at the hospital, which began in 2017.

Boris Holiday Under the Microscope

Boris Johnson is being investigated by the MPs’ standards watchdog over the funding of his Caribbean holiday in late 2019. Commons standards commissioner Kathryn Stone has confirmed she is looking into whether the PM correctly declared how the trip was paid for. The PM has previously declared he received accommodation worth £15,000, covered by businessman David Ross. Downing street has previously said it was properly registered.

A lot of Pasties

A swift rebound in sales has prompted Greggs to say its profits this year could bounce back to pre-Covid levels. The bakery chain said sales had seen a ‘strong recovery’ since non-essential shops reopened in April. While it warned that trading conditions were ‘clearly highly unusual’, it said profits this year could be much higher than previously forecast.

Housing FOMO

While many of us recognise Manx house prices are out of control, with many young people saying they won’t get on the housing market, Halifax (these days without Howard) has said average prices in the UK climbed about £20,000 in the last year. Altura mortgage broker Rob Gill said ‘fear of missing out’ was driving the surge. Other industry leaders say the stamp duty holiday is also helping to drive house sales.

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