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Cullen has questions to answer on Radiotherapy for the Southeast

27 October, 2004

Sinn Fein Waterford City Councillor David Cullinane has said that Minister Martin Cullen has serious questions to answer following the revelation of a previously confidential report on Radiotherapy services in this state by the Irish Society of Medical Oncologists. Cllr Cullinane added that given the ministers own stated commitments regarding Radiotherapy and the excuses given by Minister Cullen when Waterford and the Southeast was overlooked then those excuses now ring hollow.

Cllr Cullinane said:

"The revelation of this report which was submitted to the Government by the states leading oncologists suggesting eight centres for Radiotherapy now calls into question the basis on which the Hollywood Report was published. It now transpires that the centralised approach as recommended in the Hollywood Report and adopted by the government is not the approach favoured by the states leading oncologists.

"Surely Martin Cullen now has serious questions to answer. Minister Cullen was elected to the Dáil on the back of a clear promise he gave to the people of Waterford on Radiotherapy prior to the last general election. There is no doubt that he raised peoples expectations on the prospect of delivery of radiotherapy. When the Hollywood report was published we were told by the Minister that the 'experts‚ called for centres in Cork. Galway and Dublin and Waterford was overlooked. The questions Minister Cullen must now answer is who are these experts and why was the advice of the states leading oncologists ignored.'

"Sinn Fein will continue to press this government for the delivery of first world cancer services in this state, based on equality of access and delivered to the regions. It is about time this government listened to the 'real experts' and deliver Radiotherapy services to all the regions for all the people." ENDS

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