The new cross-border radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin is still on schedule, according to a a Donegal campaigner for cancer services.
Noelle Duddy of Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest pointed out that just this week the Joint Committee on Health and Children and the NI Assembly’s Health Committee met in Leinster House to discuss ‘Cross Border Co-operation on Healthcare’.
“Committee members from both sides of the border welcomed the new radiotherapy unit and funding from the South was again re-affirmed,” she said.
In addition, the Western Health and Social Care Trust has confirmed to CCC(NW) that the Irish government is honouring its commitment to help fund the project, despite cutbacks in other areas.
The Trust wrote to tell CCC(NW) that: “The Radiotherapy Unit Manager has been appointed. … All subgroups continue to work intensely in line with the programme of activity in order to achieve completion in 2015 and full operation by 2016 … It is envisaged that the construction of the radiotherapy unit will commence in autumn 2013.”
Ms Duddy commented: ”When completed this unit will be one of the biggest ‘jewels in the crown of services’ provided for cancer patients and their families in the North West Region. Thank God it was not included in any of the ‘Austerity Cuts’”.