Passengers travelling between the UK and the Isle of Man will be breathing a sigh of relief after the UK Government’s announcement that it is to extend its reciprocal health agreement with the Isle of Man.
The reciprocal health agreement, which has been in place for 60 years, was due to end on 31 March 2010, however, the UK Health Secretary Andy Burnham, has announced that the agreement will be extended for a further six months to allow for further negotiations.
Mr Burnham said: ‘After further discussions with Chief Minister Brown, I have given further consideration to the ending of the reciprocal health agreement.
‘Together we have agreed that from 31 March, we would adopt an interim position for a period of six months.
‘While we will cease the payment of any allocation to the Isle of Man, this will ensure arrangements for travellers on temporary visits remain the same as they are today.
‘The situation will remain under review and we will consider whether or not this could form the basis for a new agreement which we will discuss in the autumn.’