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Cover for Causeway consultants urgently needed for cancer results

29 December, 2014 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said that he is concerned that patients waiting on the results of biopsies from Causeway Hospitals are not getting them due to both urology consultants being off on the sick.

 Mr McMullan said,

 “Waiting on the results of a biopsy is worrying at the best of times without having to face undue delay as a result of lack of consultants.

 “I have been approached by several patients who results are ready but cannot be given them without the permission of a senior consultant and as both urology consultants are off sick they cannot find out the result of their biopsy.

 “This situation is unacceptable and as someone who has gone through a similar experience I know the worry that these people and their families are suffering.

 “I am now calling on the Minister Jim Wells to provide immediate consultant cover so that people can access their results and either have peace of mind that they are free from cancer or begin treatment.

 “The minister must act now before the backlog becomes too big or that someone health deteriorates to a point where the cancer becomes untreatable.”

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