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Cancer care strategy is long overdue

4 January, 2005

Commenting on media reports of what the forthcoming Government Cancer Care strategy will contain, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin said the strategy was long overdue. He said that unless it provided real cover for the regions it would not be a viable strategy.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"The Government's so-called network of radiotherapy units in Dublin, Cork and Galway does not provide adequate cover on a regional basis. The two units

promised for Dublin have not yet materialised, apparently due to fierce competition between hospitals wishing to have the units based on their sites. One of these units will have to cater for the entire North Eastern region. If the forthcoming overall cancer care strategy is to operate on the same basis, this region will lose out yet again and patients will have to travel excessive distances for treatment." ENDS

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