Donegal South West Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has this week reacted with disappointment and frustration at the announcement of the Northern Ireland Minister for Health that the Cross Border Radiotherapy Unit planned for Derry may now not proceed due to the fact that the Northern Authorities have no money to operate the Unit when constructed.
Ó Domhnaill said: “The Irish Government have committed to providing Capital Funding for the Unit which is expected to cost of £25.5 Stg. The Unit is proposed to be built on the grounds of Altnagalvin Hospital in Derry and is due to be completed in 2015.”
“The Minister for Health 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.”
“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
“I believe that the Northern Assembly must address this issue as a matter of urgency and I have asked our Minister for Health Mary Harney TD to urgently convene a meeting with the Northern Health Minister to discuss the matter.”
“I also intend to raise this matter in Seanad Éireann next Tuesday.”
Posted: Jan 14, 2011 | Categories: Uncategorized