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Anderson welcomes Radiotherapy Centre decision

23 May, 2011 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Junior Minister Martina Anderson has welcomed the decision by Health Minister Edwin Poots to go ahead with a radiography unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.
Ms Anderson stated,
“I welcome the fact that the Minister has arrived at the correct decision and thank him for doing it so quickly after only taking office last week. I would also like to thank the Pink Ladies and the other pressure groups for their tireless work on this issue as I believe that this decision would never have happened without their campaign.
“When the previous Health Minister Michael McGimpsey announced that this project would not go ahead deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness immediately stood up and guaranteed that he would ensure that it would happen. Other Ministers including the First Minister Peter Robinson also pledged to have the decision overturned at the earliest opportunity and today we have seem those pledges honoured.
“This unit will have huge benefit to people suffering from cancer not only in Derry but right across the North West region. Cancer sufferers deserve the very best of care and this new unit will mean that that care will be available at Altnagelvin but more significantly it will mean that the travel time for patients will be cut significantly. This will have a great benefit to the sufferers and their families as they will not have to travel to Belfast for a few minutes treatment at a time when they are extremely ill. CRÍOCH

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