Callister says Hooper ‘misled’ Tynwald

Rob CallisterRob Callister has said that Health and Social Care Minister Lawrie Hooper ‘misled’ Tynwald.

It comes after May’s Tynwald sitting when Mr Hooper told the chamber that the decision to file the skeleton argument relating to the second Dr Rosalind Ranson appeal was taken by DHSC officers using powers properly delegated to officers from the Minister under the Government Departments Act 1987, as Mr Callister, who was then the minister, was absent.

Former Health and Social Care Minister, Mr Callister, said: ‘On Manx Radio’s “Perspective” programme on […]

20 June 2023|Tags: , |

Former health minister refers ‘factually incorrect’ Tynwald statement to Standards Committee

Rob Callister with manx FlagCurrent minister denies misleading the court

Former Health and Social Care Minister Rob Callister has referred a statement made in May’s sitting of Tynwald by current Health Minister Lawrie Hooper to the Tynwald Standards and Members’ Interests Committee.

Mr Callister argues comments made discussing his involvement in government’s handling of the Dr Ranson tribunal were ‘misleading’.

He previously accused Mr Hooper of ‘throwing him under the bus’, and has requested a formal apology.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister issued the following statement this morning (19 June):

On Manx Radio’s “Perspective” programme on Sunday […]

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Health Minister denies misleading Tynwald over Callister comments

Lawrie HooperFormer DHSC Minister claims Mr Hooper made a ‘factually incorrect’ statement in Tynwald

The health minister says there are parallels between comments made by his predecessor and the former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Lawrie Hooper has denied misleading Tynwald after Rob Callister claimed he made a factually incorrect statement about the Onchan member at last month’s sitting of Tynwald.

Mr Hooper discussed Mr Callister’s involvement in government’s handling of the Dr Rosalind Ranson tribunal at May’s sitting, resulting in Mr Callister accusing the minister of ‘throwing him under the bus’, and […]

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“We don’t understand the consequences”, says MHK

Rob Callister with manx FlagRob Callister discusses government proposals to scrap work permit system

An Onchan MHK says while he’s not against removing some of the ‘complexities’ surround the Island’s work permit system, he is against abolishing it completely.

The Department of Enterprise hopes by removing ‘barriers’, it’ll encourage more people to move here and increase the population.

A consultation aimed at gathering feedback on the proposed reforms to the system ended last week.

Manx Radio’s Christian Jones sat down with Rob Callister, who responded to it:

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Manx residents ‘cannot be left behind’ as gov’t looks to increase Island’s workforce

Rob Callister with manx FlagRob Callister hopes to see more training and re-skill opportunities

An MHK says Manx residents ‘cannot be left behind’ as government looks to expand the Isle of Man’s population and create 5,000 new jobs.

Treasury says data from the currently unpublished March Labour Market Report shows long-term unemployment is down to 17 people – a 20-year low.

It was recently revealed the Island has no ‘return-to-work’ schemes in place to help long-term unemployed people looking to re-enter the workplace.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister says given the figures he respects their decision […]

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Cannan offered view on Ranson appeal, but ‘doesn’t have power to instruct DHSC’

Alf CannanChief Minister faces questions about tribunal case in Tynwald

The chief minister insists he didn’t instruct the Department of Health and Social Care to pursue a high court appeal in relation to an employment tribunal, but he did offer an opinion.

Alfred Cannan was asked about his role in the decision to challenge the tribunal’s request for evidence from a legal representative in relation to the Dr Rosalind Ranson case.

Douglas South MHK Claire Christian was given the go-ahead to ask the question, despite having initially been told her query […]

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Freedom of Information request outlines Dr Ranson appeal decision

Information released through a Freedom of Information request has outlined when and by who decisions around appeals in the Dr Ranson tribunal were made.

The information was requested by our sister website and Isle of Man Television’s Paul Moulton and has been released while appeals are ongoing into the release of other information around the submission of the appeals.

The narrative response of the Chief Minister, Cabinet Office and the Department of Health and Social Care released to both ourselves and Mr Moulton focus on the ‘common […]

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MHK calls for review into Onchan traffic lights

Rob CallisterAvondale Road junction lights not due to be replaced until 2026-27

A set of traffic lights in Onchan needs to be reviewed to prevent queues in the village, according to one of the area’s MHK.

Rob Callister recently asked the Department of Infrastructure whether it was considering installing lights which vary their timings depending on the level of traffic at the Avondale Road junction.

The DoI confirmed the current system is due to remain in place until 2026 or 2027, but when they’re due to be replaced it will be considered.

Mr Callister […]

17 April 2023|

Three Freedom of Information requests on Dr Ranson tribunal are turned down

The government has refused three requests for the disclosure of information relating to its handling of the Dr Rosalind Ranson case.

All three separate Freedom of Information requests have been refused with the government citing legal privilege.

The first of the tree FoIs was submitted by Gef the Mongoose on February 24 and asked for the publication of all internal and external communications which led to appeals being heard in the case of Dr Rosalind Ranson v DHSC in 2022, with particular reference being made to […]

17 April 2023|

Traffic in Onchan needs to be tackled before population grows says MHK

Rob Callister ‘disappointed’ study isn’t being carried out due to lack of resource

An Onchan MHK says it’s ‘disappointing’ that the Department of Infrastructure’s plans to look into traffic flow have been shelved due to a lack of resources.

The traffic slow study, which forms part of the 2018-2033 Onchan Road Map, hasn’t been undertaken due to limited funding and staffing shortages – this is unlikely to change in the near future.

Rob Callister says the work is vital due to the congestion the village faces when the Mountain Road is closed.

He also […]

17 April 2023|
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