Press Release

Minister McHugh and Minister Varadkar welcome positive meeting on Cancer Care Services at Letterkenny General Hospital

Following yesterday’s meeting in Dublin (Thursday 20 August 2015), attended by members of Donegal Action for Cancer Care and Co-operating for Cancer Care Northwest; the Department of Health; senior members of both the Saolta University Hospital Group and Letterkenny General Hospital; HSE and the National Cancer Control Programme; local Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD and the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, both welcomed a positive and informative meeting with all the relevant stakeholders.

Minister McHugh outlined that “At today’s meeting, there was a firm commitment given by the Saolta Group that they would continue to strengthen symptomatic breast care cancers services at the Hospital, and provide additional supports, with the overall aim of enabling the services provided by the Unit to be sustainable in the long term.”

The meeting was a follow up to the previous meeting that took place last February, organised by Minister McHugh through Minster Varadkar’s Office, to address the concerns people in Donegal had regarding the long term commitment to the cancer services at Letterkenny General Hospital. The purpose of today’s meeting was to brief those involved on the commitments given in the previous meeting and to outline next steps and actions.

Minister Varadkar, commenting on the meeting “As I outlined on Highland Radio last month when I was in Donegal, we are absolutely committed to ensuring that the Breast Care Unit at Letterkenny Hospital is strengthened and that it continues to provide the best possible care for patients into the future. I am pleased that at today’s meeting there was positive engagement from all key stakeholders who are working together to ensure that this services continues.”