News OnTheWight today received this thank you from council, NHS and CCG chiefs for trusted reporting during Coronavirus crisis

Heads of the Isle of Wight council, NHS Trust and CCG have sent this letter of thanks and recognition for our coverage during the Coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for thanking us

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It’s not often that those working in the media receive credit or recognition for their hard work in keeping residents informed, so this letter sent on behalf of John Metcalfe (CEO of Isle of Wight council), Maggie Oldham CEO of Isle of Wight NHS Trust) and Alison Smith (Managing Director of NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group) was a welcome surprise today. We thank them for thanking us. Ed


Letter sent on behalf of Isle of Wight Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) and health and social care services on the Isle of Wight

Dear colleagues,

We are writing jointly, as leaders in the Island’s public services, to thank you and your teams for your dedication in reporting the coronavirus pandemic.

It has not been an easy few months and the public has been understandably anxious to know as much as possible, as quickly as possible, about the spread of the disease.

You have faced significant challenges in covering this unprecedented public health crisis and have no doubt been juggling your own personal concerns at the same time.

Over the course of the Island’s response to Covid-19 we have been able to have open and honest conversations with you about how things are going. Through this constructive dialogue we have been able to explain new developments and we have worked together well during announcements of national and international significance.

We recognise the value of these conversations and we are grateful for the professional way that your organisations have approached this vital public health reporting.

The role that local journalists play in keeping our community informed and engaged has never been more important and we would like to pass on our thanks for the way you have worked on behalf of Island residents. Our community is well served by a thriving local media.

On behalf of all of us and of our respective organisations, we would like to place on record our sincere thanks for your hard work.

We very much hope that we can continue to work together in such a positive and constructive way as the nation and our Island are tested by the longer term impacts of the pandemic.

Best wishes,

John Metcalfe (Chief Executive, Isle of Wight Council), Maggie Oldham (Chief Executive, Isle of Wight NHS Trust) and Alison Smith (Managing Director, Isle of Wight NHS Clinical Commissioning Group)

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Thursday, 3rd September, 2020 6:59pm

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12 Comments on "News OnTheWight today received this thank you from council, NHS and CCG chiefs for trusted reporting during Coronavirus crisis"

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It is only right to acknowledge Onthewight has reported throughout the coronavirus pandemic accurately, and without fear nor favour. It is also worth acknowledging the health and care sector have had a very difficult time keeping essential services running throughout this pandemic to date. Many of the services that have been put on temporary hold are now cautiously reopening. Not only will they have the additional burden… Read more »
susan

I wouldn’t call over half of all coronavirus deaths on the island occurring in care homes handling the pandemic very effectively.

kerry

Hospitals were instructed to discharge COVID positive patients into carehomes. The government knew full well what the consequences would be, it was a deliberate act to cull the elderly and relieve pressure on hospitals.

longford

Ah yes, the Nuremberg defence.

andy

“We very much hope that we can continue to work together in such a positive and constructive way as the nation and our Island are tested by the longer term impacts of the pandemic.”

Sounds a bit ominous.

nickstuart

On the Wight has done at excellent job reporting during the pandemic. For example the efforts to establish infections rates, deaths and find out what the various authorities are doing has been excellent.
The letter from these public bodies recognising the efforts of On the Wights is welcome as scrutiny and accurate reporting of public decisions is critical for the effective functioning of our Island.

ukdave

Politicians in sucking up to the media shocker! Perhaps this publication needs to dig a bit deeper?

Geoff Brodie

Fair point, but none are elected politicians. Though John Metcalfe in my view is treading on very dangerous ground here. He is a Council officer who is supposed to keep out of public debates. I for one have little faith in some IW media outlets – not including OTW

kerry
Spot on ukdave, the proverbial has yet to really hit the fan. The Council has already racked up an additional £1m deficit, and I can’t see the Government honouring it’s pledge to the NHS that it can have whatever it needs to fight the Coronavirus. Are things are about to get very tough for those awaiting treatment, as the purse strings are reined in? These organisations will… Read more »
Fenders

Pass the sick bucket!

wellsm

Just unpleasant and unnecessary. If you don’t like it don’t comment.

Rockhopper

What exactly is your problem with this?