The government’s plan to legislate the use of drones is being welcomed by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s Interim Chief Executive Officer.

At a meeting yesterday Maggie Oldham praised the announcement that police are set to be given powers to stop unsafe or criminal use of drones.

Maggie Oldham told the Trust “the helipad at St. Mary’s Hospital is in regular use day and
night and this is a constant worry.”

Maggie told Isle of Wight Radio:

“Lasers and drones are a hazard, and they are an unquantified hazard at the moment. We are very luck we have had no issues here on the Isle of Wight, to the best of my knowledge, with either. But that doesn’t mean we won’t in the future, and waiting for an accident is the worst way to manage any situation so I really do welcome the national legislation in the relation to drones.”

The Interim Chief Executive Officer added:

“I don’t want to stop anybody having a nice time but I want to make sure the environment I’m governing is as safe as possible.”