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Isle of Man

Volume 716: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether payment of £8.4 million by the Government of the Isle of Man to health authorities in north-west England for patients referred for specialist treatment and the existing reciprocal health agreements between the United Kingdom and other countries outside the European Union were considerations in the decision to end this year the reciprocal health agreement with the Isle of Man; and whether they will reconsider the decision. [HL1065]

All relevant factors were taken into consideration in deciding to terminate the current agreement with the Isle of Man. The decision was made on economic grounds and took account of the payment of £8.4 million for elective treatment commissioned by the Isle of Man, which is partly offset by a financial allocation provided by the United Kingdom Government. The Government are not minded to revisit the decision to end the current agreement.