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Cancer group meet island's two health ministers 15.02.17

A CANCER group pushed for more cross-border healthcare sharing during a meeting with the North's Health Minister Michelle O'Neill and her Republic of Ireland counterpart Simon Harris this week.
Co-Operating for Cancer Care NorthWest (CCCNW) said they were delighted to join Western Health & Social Care Trust chairman Niall Birthistle for the joint ministerial visit at the new North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital on Monday.
"CCC(NW) took the opportunity during the visit of Minister Michelle O'Neill and Minister Simon Harris to impress upon them the urgent need of both departments to further develop cross-border health services in the North West region for the mutual benefit of people living on either side of the border," said a spokesperson.
Jim O'Donnell and Noelle Duddy of CCC(NW) (centre) pictured with Minister Simon Harris and Minister Michelle O'Neill and other representatives during a visit to the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital.
“CCC(NW) recognise the uniqueness of this cross border project and we encourage governments and Departments of Health, North and South, to use it as a strong and positive template to develop further partnerships/collaborations in cross-border healthcare provision into the future and that cross border services be developed and delivered in Letterkenny University Hospital as well as Altnagelvin Hospital."
CCC(NW) added: “Members of CCC(NW) have long campaigned for this much-needed facility to treat cancer patients in the North West region of this island, ending for the majority of radiotherapy patients in Donegal the very stressful journeys of travelling to Dublin or Galway. It has taken many years for this project to reach its end goal and it's fantastic that treatments have commenced.”
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