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McGimpsey denies delay in notification of cancer patients.

14 February, 2011 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Human Rights Spokesperson, Martina Anderson MLA (Foyle) has accused Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey of insulting the integrity of patients who claimed that they were only informed of their late diagnosis last week.

Martina Anderson said:

“In response to my questioning in the Assembly today Minister McGimpsey rejected the claims by at least two cancer patients that they were only informed last week of the delay in their diagnosis.

“The Minister insisted that all patients were informed of their X-Ray results by the end of Autumn of 2010. Despite the fact that the Moore family in Derry went public about their late notification last week and the ensuing publicity, the Minister is now demanding proof before he will investigate the claims.

“This is not the first time that this Minister attempted to defend the indefensible but I have no intention of letting him off the hook. These families want answers and I intend to hold Minister McGimpsey to account until they get answers and an explanation as to why they were only informed a matter of hours before the CEO’s of the Western Trust and the Health Boards were to appear before the Assembly Health Committee. It would seem that these two families were only being informed while the CEO’s were in transit to Stormont where they told the Committee that all patients were informed by the end of October 2010.

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