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Clarity urgently needed on radiology in North East

30 March, 2008

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Health Service Executive to clarify if it is considering a review of radiology services in the North East region involving the rechecking of thousands of cancer scans. The Sinn Féin Dáil leader said:

"Huge concern has been raised by a report in the Sunday Tribune that claims the HSE in the North East is considering a review of radiology services, possibly involving the rechecking of thousands of scans for cancer. Given the appalling experience of women in the Midlands, this is now a cause of major worry to people in the North East who have had such scans. Already concerns have been expressed directly to me.

"Clarity is urgently needed and the HSE must issue a comprehensive statement of the position. There must be no repeat of the mismanagement and lack of information which surrounded the Midlands cancer screening scandal.

"Inadequate resources and facilities for oncology in the North East have been repeatedly highlighted by front-line staff. Regardless of whether the type of review reported is either forthcoming or necessary, cancer services in this region need to be enhanced significantly." ENDS

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