Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Department of Health and Children
Question 196: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if the Irish Government has made any financial contribution to the new radiotherapy unit in Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42858/10]
The Business Case for the development of the Altnagelvin Centre has now been finalised and is under consideration by Minister McGimpsey. My Department and the HSE's National Cancer Control Programme have nominated representatives to the Cross Border Sub Group, the Project Board and the Service Design and Workforce Planning Subgroup for the development. I have committed to providing a capital contribution to the development, in recognition of the fact that approximately one third of the patients who will attend the Altnagelvin Centre will be from Donegal and the surrounding areas. In addition, the Health Service Executive's National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) will contribute on an agreed basis to the operating costs in respect of patients from the Republic of Ireland who attend this service.