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Resignation of Consultant Oncologist raises serious questions for Government

7 March, 2005

Sinn Féin North Kerry TD Martin Ferris has said that the decision of a leading cancer treatment specialist at Cork University Hospital to resign because of the lack of resources "raises serious questions for the Government over cancer care in Cork and Kerry". This could have a huge effect on cancer patients who depend on Cork University Hospital for cancer treatment.Deputy Ferris also said that any backlog of treatment would add to the suffering of cancer patients.

Deputy Ferris said:

"The decision by Dr. Oscar Breathnach to resign raises serious questions for the government over cancer care in Cork and Kerry. For a professional like Dr. Breathnach to make such a decision because of the lack of resources is a huge embarrassment for the Health Minister and the government. Unfortunately, the only losers here will be cancer patients in Cork and Kerry.

"It is of immediate importance that a replacement is found for Dr. Breathnach, otherwise there could be a backlog of treatment for cancer patients and this will undoubtedly add to their suffering. I will be raising this matter in the Dáil tomorrow." ENDS

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