Written answers

Thursday, 6 October 2005

Department of Health and Children

Cancer Screening Programme

5:00 pm

Photo of Brian O'SheaBrian O'Shea (Waterford, Labour)
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Question 137: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, further to Parliamentary Question No. 328 of 28 September 2005, if BreastCheck will reconsider the proposal from Barrington's Hospital, Limerick in order that screening is provided for as many non-symptomatic patients as possible from the Waterford constituency pending the roll out of BreastCheck; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27228/05]

Photo of Mary HarneyMary Harney (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Health and Children; Dublin Mid West, Progressive Democrats)
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BreastCheck has considered a proposal from Barrington's Hospital in Limerick and has advised my Department that the implementation of the national breast screening programme is the best approach to ensuring that a quality assured service is available to all women in the target age group. BreastCheck has further advised my Department that, based on expert medical assessment, it will not be utilising the mammography services at Barrington's Hospital.

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