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Sinn Féin challenges Harney on cancer services for the Southeast

7 October, 2004


Sinn Féin has challenged Health Minister Mary Harney to state publicly her position regarding provision of cancer services for the Southeast. The party's national spokesperson on Health Caoimhghín O Caoláin T.D. has put down a number of written questions to the minister including asking the minister if she will authorise development of a Satellite Radiotherapy Unit for the Southeast region.

Speaking today Waterford City Councillor David Cullinane called for a positive response from the Minister given her stated commitments on this issue in the past.

Cllr Cullinane said: "The Progressive Democrat Manifesto for 2002 called for regionalised cancer services and clearly states that it is unacceptable that people have to travel up to a 100 miles for radiotherapy treatment. If this is the P.D. position then I call on the Health Minister to quickly proceed with the implementation of her clear pre-election promises."

"Sinn Féin has posed a number of written Dáil questions to the Minister. We have asked the Minister if she will authorise development of a Satellite Radiotherapy Unit for the Southeast Region and if she will give approval and resources for the provision of a dedicated Haematology/Oncology Unit at Waterford Regional Hospital as proposed by the South-eastern Health Board.

"Mary Harney now has the opportunity to implement her clear election promises on this issue. She has the opportunity to deliver where Micheál Martin has failed. I am calling for a positive response from the minister."ENDS

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