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Cancer group to meet Health Minister in Letterkenny 29.09.15

CO-OPERATING for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW) are to meet Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar T.D., this Thursday in Letterkenny to discuss cancer services in the county and region.
CCC(NW) said its focus for the meeting would be two-fold.
The group will ask what constructive progress has been made regarding Saolta's commitment to breast cancer services at Letterkenny General Hospital following a meeting in Dublin in August.
"In particular, we look forward to learning of interim progress being made in developing sustainable concrete plans of action for extra consultant support for the breast surgeon in LGH; improving urgent and non-urgent referral times for women waiting to attend the breast clinic in LGH and for a summary on how the centralisation in Galway, of the breast referral triage system, introduced in May is progressing," said CCC(NW) spokeswoman Noelle Duddy.
Letterkenny General Hospital.
"A further meeting to evaluate and review progress on all the above is planned for the end of the year in Hawkins House, Dublin. We will also welcome news on how the appointments of a consultant urologist and a consultant general surgeon to LGH are progressing.
Secondly, the group will enquire about the third National Cancer Strategy with a view to asking Minister Varadkar to "consider and hopefully support the following recommendations aimed at advancing the development of cancer services in LGH and the North West region of the island of Ireland".
Ms Duddy outlined the recommendations as the retention and development of cancer services in Letterkenny; building on the success of the joint-funded cross border North West Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin; continued collaboration to further develop world class cancer services between Letterkenny General and Altnagelvin Hospitals and ultimately providing Donegal and the North West with a designated cross-border Cancer Centre with Letterkenny General and Altnagelvin Hospitals for the 500,000-strong population living in the North West region.
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