Press Release

Martin gives go-ahead to seek tenders for cancer development at Cork University Hospital

Plans for the improvement of cancer treatment facilities in Cork received an important boost today (4 February 2000) with the announcement by Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children, of his approval to invite tenders for the construction of the new chemotherapy and radiotherapy unit at Cork University Hospital.

“I am very pleased that one of my first duties as Minister for Health and Children is to give approval to the Southern Health Board to seek tenders for this important development”, said the Minister. This development will provide treatment facilities on one site for patients who need chemotherapy or radiotherapy. In particular, the provision of two new linear accelerators will greatly strengthen the cancer service and ensure that radiotherapy patients receive timely and appropriate treatment.

“People with cancer need access to treatment facilities that deal comprehensively with their needs” said the Minister. Together with plans for the appointment of new cancer specialists this development will represent an investment of more than £10 million in cancer treatment services in Cork.

The development, will include a chemotherapy day unit, two state of the art linear accelerators and advanced CT simulation facilities. It is expected that construction work on the development will commence towards the middle of the year.