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New Cancer Strategy launch short on detail - Ó Caoláin

13 June, 2006

Commenting on the newly published Cancer Control Strategy, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has criticised the "absence of detail" from the Tánaiste's launch of the document prepared by the National Cancer Forum.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "While progress towards the implementation of long promised improvements in cancer care services is welcome, it is that very 'implementation' which remains a concern for all who have awaited the detail of the Forum's report. Key matters are not addressed - including, very importantly, the proposed location of the eight centres. What do they propose for the North West? What do they propose for the North East? What services will we have north of a line from Dublin to Galway? Is she overturning the HSE proposals to defer the appointment of a second oncology consultant at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda?

"The absence of detail regarding funding of the proposals and a commencement date and timeframe for delivery of the package is worrisome. When will the Tánaiste respond to these reasonable questions? I urge immediate clarity on all the points above. Any additional delay in spelling out the detail of the proposals will further undermine public confidence in the Minister's intent and commitment to the equitable delivery of cancer care services throughout the State." ENDS

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