Progress on Cross Border Radiotherapy Unit

Ongoing Progress on Cross Border Radiotherapy Unit – Ó Domhnaill

Donegal South West Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has been informed by the Minister for Health & Children Mary Harney TD that good progress is being made towards the approval of the business case for the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Speaking this week Ó Domhnaill said: “I have received confirmation from the Minister for Health that she has agreed in principle to provide a Capital Contribution towards the development and also to make funding available for the provision of Services for Patients in Donegal.”

Ó Domhnaill went on; “Minister Harney has also informed me that the exact cost of the project will not be known until the tender bids are made for the project but that the Capital contribution for the project will be assigned from the Department of Health’s overall Capital allocation.”

“Minister Harney has advised me that it is estimated that roughly one third of patients to the new centre will be from the Donegal area with the draft business case for the project estimating that around 400 people from Donegal would require Radiotherapy in 2015.” Said Ó Domhnaill

Ó Domhnaill went on ;”The National Cancer Control Programme will set up the service level agreement, similar to that which is in place relating to Belfast City Hospital, with Altnagelvin Hospital. This agreement would allow for costs to be based on the number of patients treated at the new centre.”

“Minister Harney has assured me that the new Altnagelvin Centre will provide patients in the North West with the optimism Radiotherapy Service and will be fully supported by the National Cancer Control Programme.”

Posted: Jul 29, 2010     |     Categories: Donegal South West