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Sinn Féin supports calls for regionalised cancer services for the South-East

9 February, 2005

Waterford Sinn Féin Councillors, David Cullinane, Joe Kelly and Brendan Mansfield joined the Local Community Cancer Care Group in a protest outside the Dáil today to call for regionalised cancer services.

Sinn Féin TDs, including the Party‚s Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin joined the protest and added their voice to the campaign for radiotherapy services for the South-East.

Speaking at the protest outside Leinster House today Councillor Cullinane said, "420,000 people live in the southeast yet cancer patients have to travel to Dublin for treatment. This causes great stress and adds significantly to the burden of cancer patients. Travelling for radiotherapy also is also known to reduce best outcome by up to 20".

"The purpose of today‚s protest was to call for regionalised cancer services where all modalities of treatment are available under one roof. This is recognised as international best practice and allows for best outcome.

"We have met with all opposition party leaders in the Dáil today and have put our case forward and are hopeful that the campaign for regionalised cancer services, not just for the South-East, but for the entire country is successful." ENDS

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