Missed appointments cost Isle of Wight NHS Trust almost £600,000 in six months

St mary's hospital

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has lost almost £600,000 this year due to thousands of patients not turning up to appointments, figures show.

Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 8:51am

By Ralph Blackburn with 6 readers' comments

Smoking costs Isle of Wight more than £31m a year, campaigners claim

Man with cigarette in his mouth

Action on Smoking and Health, a leading anti-smoking charity, has calculated how much tobacco costs the Isle of Wight - more than £31 million a year - through NHS costs, sick days and even smoking breaks.

Friday, 7th September, 2018 1:51pm

By Ralph Blackburn with 2 readers' comments

Are police staff shortages giving criminals a green light to reoffend?

police tape in street

Police chiefs say increased demand and reduced officer numbers mean they have to prioritise cases where there is a realistic chance of prosecution after 14,000 investigations in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight were closed with no suspected culprit in the frame.

Friday, 7th September, 2018 9:50am

By Ralph Blackburn with one comment

Fall in free Isle of Wight dental treatments due to Gov’s ‘hostile environment’, claims BDA

dentist looking at teeth

British Dental Association claims low income patients are “turning away from NHS dentistry in droves”, due to Government’s aggressive approach to stop ineligible patients.

Friday, 7th September, 2018 9:38am

By Ralph Blackburn

Drop in those on the Isle of Wight claiming reduced council tax

council tax support paperwork

Local Government Association say that faced with significant cuts to the money they have to look after elderly and disabled, protect children, repair roads and collect bins, many councils have had little choice but to reduce the discount for those receiving council tax relief.

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018 4:12pm

By Ralph Blackburn

Isle of Wight has one of the highest rates of personal insolvencies

depressed man

On the Isle of Wight the rate of insolvencies has increased by 15% over the past two years making it one of the highest in England and Wales.

Friday, 20th July, 2018 8:11am

By Ralph Blackburn with one comment

Young adults on the Isle of Wight shun smoking, figures show


Young people on the Isle of Wight shunning cigarettes, according to latest figures amid health campaigners' hopes of a 'smoke-free generation' soon.

Friday, 6th July, 2018 3:52pm

By Ralph Blackburn

Isle of Wight Electric Car (EV) sales up again: 50% this time

EV charging

The size of the Isle of Wight might make it the perfect place to have an electric car. Sales are continuing to expand, up 50% on the same quarter last year.

Monday, 18th June, 2018 2:19pm

By Ralph Blackburn with 22 readers' comments

Only 1 in 20 convicted for weapons offences jailed for at least a year, data shows

scales of justice

Ministry of Justice stats show 15 of the 262 people convicted for weapons possession offences in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight last year were handed a prison term of 12 months or more.

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018 8:10am

By Ralph Blackburn

Voter registration on the Isle of Wight is up, figures show

yellow ballot boxes

The EU referendum in 2016 and last year's snap election are likely to be the driver for many of the Islanders registering to vote, but why are there fewer young people registering?

Friday, 18th May, 2018 7:57am

By Ralph Blackburn

Isle of Wight house-hunters need 8x annual income to buy a home, data reveals

For Sales signs:

The vast gulf between earnings and house prices highlights the current crisis, which has put buying a home out of reach of many Islanders.

Friday, 11th May, 2018 3:02pm

By Ralph Blackburn with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight burglaries double and knife crime on the rise, according to latest figures

knife crime

Figures reveal a rise in overall police-recorded crime on the Isle of Wight, with burglaries doubling, gun and knife possession offences on the up, but with a drop in theft and drug offences.

Friday, 11th May, 2018 8:34am

By Ralph Blackburn