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Ó Caoláin welcomes Altnagelvin go-ahead

24 May, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has welcomed the decision of the Health Minister in the Six Counties, Edwin Poots, to go ahead with the development of the radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, a facility that is due to serve the North West.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The decision of Health Minister Edwin Poots to go ahead with the radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin is welcome, reversing the decision of his predecessor to postpone the development.

“This is a vital development for cancer care in the entire North-West, including County Donegal. Because of the flawed plan for radiotherapy provision in the 26 Counties there is no unit planned north of a line from Dublin to Galway, so Altnagelvin will have a vital cross-border role. I will be pressing Health Minister Reilly to help ensure that this development does indeed go ahead and without further delay and is fully utilised.” ENDS

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