"Escalating" breast cancer list at
EXTRA clinics are to be
provided to tackle the "escalating" waiting lists to
see Donegal's breast cancer surgeon, a local
campaign group has said.
Co-Operating for Cancer Care North West (CCCNW) made
the announcement after a "constructive meeting" in
Dublin yesterday with Minister of Health Simon
Harris and representatives from the Department of
Health and National Cancer Control Programme, (NCCP).
The group, accompanied by Senator Pádraig
MacLochlainn, also said that the Minister and health
chiefs acknowledged that a second breast cancer
surgeon in Donegal was required.
Letterkenny University Hospital.
CCCNW said Mr Harris
and NCCP director Jermone Coffey "fully acknowledged
the sterling work of the Breast Team at Letterkenny
University Hospital (LUH)".
"They also acknowledged that a sustained solution to
the difficulties experienced by LUH would be the
appointment of a second breast surgeon based in LUH,
they have committed to resolving this issue," said a
The group along with Donegal Action for Cancer Care
(DACC) say they are "cautiously optimistic" that
Minister Harris and the NCCP will actively engage
with Saolta and the HSE to finally resolve the
difficulties experienced by breast services in LUH
and the patients it serves.
A further meeting to include CCC(NW); Donegal Action
for Cancer Care; the NCCP; Saolta and Donegal
Oireachtas members is be held in the next couple of
weeks at Letterkenny University Hospital. A
follow-up meeting involving all stakeholders will be
re-convened in July or August to evaluate progress