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Gildernew support for cancer strategy

15 January, 2018 - by Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Carers, Colm Gildernew has expressed support for the development of a cancer strategy.

Speaking after an All Party Group on Cancer in Stormont this afternoon the Fermanagh-South Tyrone MLA commented: "Sinn Féin are supportive of the development of a departmental strategy for cancer services.

"As Minister for Health Michelle O'Neill tasked health officials with engaging with cancer organisations to see what capacity there may be in the sector to contribute to the development of any potential cancer strategy.

"The Department of Health should build on that initial engagement with groups such as the cancer network (NICAN) and cancer charities generally.

"My Sinn Féin colleague Pat Sheehan raised the issue of a cancer strategy in a meeting with Department officials last week.

"I believe there is potential for the Department for Health working in partnership with clinicians and cancer organisations to develop a comprehensive strategy for cancer services.”

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