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Review of breast scans an indictment of successive Governments’ cancer failures – Ó Caoláin

4 September, 2007


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson and Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said the decision to review breast cancer scans carried out at Portlaoise hospital since November 2003 is an indictment of the failure of successive Governments to provide comprehensive cancer care throughout the state.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "The decision to review all mammograms and breast ultrasounds conducted at Portlaoise hospital since November 2003 has implications for the entire cancer treatment services throughout the state.

"This latest development is an indictment of successive Government failures to provide comprehensive cancer care throughout the state. This has included the long delay in the roll-out of breast-check and the failure to provide state wide cervical cancer screening.

"Concerns are also raised about the privatisation of hospital services. Health Minister Mary Harney has failed to show that there will be adequate supervision where cancer services for public patients are contracted out to private providers. This is unacceptable.

"The equitable delivery of cancer care services throughout the State along with improvements in screening and treatment is vital to improving cancer survival rates and I call on the Minister to ensure a speedy implementation of the National Strategy for Cancer Control." ENDS

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