Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin said Health Minister Edwin Poots has failed to follow through on a commitment to tackling the lack of awareness on ovarian cancer.
The Foyle MLA and Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:
“A motion was passed in the Assembly in March of 2013 calling for a standalone campaign to publicise awareness on ovarian cancer and the minister agreed to this. All the parties agreed with this and yet the minister appears to have ignored it.
“Almost a year on and there is no sign of this campaign. Just the other week the minister told the Assembly that the Public Health Agency (PHA) were ‘developing’ a campaign but this could take months.
“At last week’s committee meeting I requested that the Health Department and PHA come before committee to address this and have asked the minister for a meeting to discuss it.
“There is a need for an ovarian awareness campaign now. A campaign separate from others where it will get the necessary coverage and make women aware of the early signs so that they can attend their GPs and get the proper diagnosis. This will save lives.
“Awareness of ovarian cancer is lagging behind other cancer related illnesses and this needs rectified as soon as possible. The minister needs to act.” CRÍOCH/END