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HSE not competent to manage cancer services – Ó Caoláin

3 April, 2008


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health & Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said the HSE is not competent to strategically manage cancer care in light of the reports on the case of Rebecca O'Malley and Barrington's Hospital. He has called on the Government urgently to revise its plan to provide only eight centres of excellence for cancer care.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Caolain said, "The reports on the cases of Rebecca O'Malley and Barringtons' Hospital can only be described as indictment of the HSE and its management of cancer services. Basic principles of patient care were violated by the HSE. The right of patients to information about their cases and to prompt and meaningful responses to their concerns were denied.

"Health Minister Harney and the HSE are about to put in place a plan which will concentrate cancer care in just eight centres, four of them in Dublin, leaving large swathes of the country without proper access. Even in advance of this, services at local hospitals are being cut. None of the proposed eight centres is located north of a line from Dublin to Galway.

"The HSE at national level is clearly not competent to strategically manage cancer care. The Government should urgently revise its plan to provide only eight centres of excellence for cancer care. It should ensure that all necessary resources for cancer care are provided and that management at local and regional level is competent to deliver these services." ENDS

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