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Referrals to cancer specialists ignored as no-one available in Beaumont to deal with them

5 November, 2008


Sinn Féin Louth TD Arthur Morgan has described as 'deeply disturbing' that hundreds of women who were referred by their GPs to the Beaumont Hospital Breast Clinic have not been given appointments as there was no-one available to set them up.

The issue was brought to Deputy Morgan's attention by a Drogheda woman who contacted Beaumont two weeks after being referred by her local GP to be told by the person who answered the phone that there was nobody available to deal with the letter and there were a pile of referral letters on the desk which had to be dealt with.

Deputy Morgan said:

"It is deeply disturbing that hundreds of women who were referred by their GPs to the Beaumont Hospital Breast Clinic have not been given appointments as there was no-one available to set them up. An unknown number of women are waiting for appointments.

"It is obvious that there should be no transfer of services from Dochas Centre in Drogheda to the Beaumont Breast Clinic until such time as proper arrangements are in place.

"The HSE is in a shambles. Do they not understand that when the women went to their GPs they were concerned, do they not understand that the GPs were sufficiently concerned that they thought they should go to a Consultant, do they not believe that they should be capable of responding to this with the urgency it deserves.

"I intend to raise this matter with Health Minister Mary Harney and demand that she makes a statement on the matter and deals with it urgently." ENDS

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