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Assembly to debate North West Cancer Services

14 April, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has secured an adjournment debate on Tuesday, 15th April 2008, in the Assembly to debate the future of cancer services for the North West.

Mr McCartney said:

"I have secured an adjournment debate that will allow the Assembly to debate the future of cancer services in the North West. This was one of the main demands of the Stand Up for Derry campaign and I intend to use the debate to emphasis the need for a dedicated cancer facility for the North West.

"It is important that the North West Region has a dedicated cancer facility that can deal with the needs of patients and their families without having to travel to Belfast or Dublin for treatment.

"In the National Cancer Control Programme recently launched in Dublin it states that a centre should service a population of 500,000 but points out that Donegal is in a unique situation and needs to be serviced through North South initiatives.

"We will be asking the Ministers to designate the North West Region as one unit meeting the criteria that will allow for a specialist cancer unit to be sited in Altnagelvin Area Hospital.

"It is important that the Minister acts to determine how best the North West region is serviced in terms of cancer facilities and we hope to impress that a decision needs to be taken so that the preparation can be made to ring fence funding and deliver a first class service to the people from the North West Region." ENDS

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