Group confident about north west radiation unit

Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest is confident that the proposed cross border North West Radiation Unit at Altnagelvin will go ahead.

Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest is confident that the proposed cross border North West Radiation Unit at Altnagelvin will go ahead.

Noelle Duddy, spokesperson for Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, (CCCNW) welcomed the news that the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Edwin Poots has met with members of the Western Health Social Care Trust in Altnagelvin. He said he will make a decision regarding the future of the proposed radiotherapy unit in the next few weeks.

“Minister Poots obviously regards this project as top priority,” she said. “In the second day of his ministry, he has travelled to Altnagelvin to personally meet with members of the WHSCT to discuss this project. He has wasted no time in ensuring that he is fully briefed on the details of this case. CCCNW remains optimistic that when the minister makes his announcement in the coming weeks, it will be to approve the business case,” she added.

“The development of this unit has implications for Donegal as well as Northern cancer patients. Approximately one third of the patients who will attend the proposed Unit will be from Donegal and the surrounding areas and in recognition of this fact the Irish Government is committed to providing a capital contribution of €19 million to the Project. In addition, the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) will contribute to the operating costs of treatment for patients from the Republic. The Department of Health and the NCCP have representatives on the Cross-Border Sub-Group, the Project Board and the Service Design and Workforce Planning Sub-Group for the development of this project,” the spokesperson said.