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Health Minister snubs Pink Ladies – Anderson

19 May, 2010 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Human Rights Spokesperson, Martina Anderson MLA (Foyle) has accused Health Minister Michael McGimpsey of snubbing Breast Cancer campaign group, ‘The Pink Ladies’ after he turned down a request to meet them.

Martina Anderson said:

“My colleague, Vice-Chair of the Health Committee, Michelle O’Neill wrote to Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey to arrange a meeting between the Minister and a delegation from the Pink Ladies and myself.

“The Minister’s response was less than encouraging citing diary commitments as to why ‘I will be unable to meet with you in the near future’. He went on to say that he would be willing to continue contact through ‘correspondence’.

“I find this response to be less than satisfactory and a snub to a group of courageous women who have personal experiences to relate that could inform the Minister’s understanding of what is required to address the needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer. These experiences can not be properly conveyed through correspondence, the Minister needs to hear and listen to them first hand.

“I find it hard to believe that the Minister could not find half an hour in his diary in the ‘near future’ to hear the concerns of the Pink Ladies. I will continue to press the Minister on this matter.” ENDS

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