Response to Capital Statement on Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin

23/03/2011

Chairman of the Western Trust, Gerard Guckian, commenting on the Health Minister’s announcement today on capital projects at the NI Assembly said: “The Trust is disappointed that we have not been given the green light today to proceed with the Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit.  However, I would wish to assure the public that the Western Trust will work tirelessly with our healthcare colleagues north and south of the border to secure the delivery of this scheme.

“The reason that the Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital is so important is that the Cancer Centre, Belfast has stated that it will reach maximum capacity by late 2015.  This combined with the Cross border aspect of the proposed scheme makes the Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit the only logical solution to ensure the sustainable delivery of Cancer services with equal accessibility to all patients. The development of Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit is absolutely essential to the future provision of cancer services across the province and in the North West of Ireland.

“The Western Trust remains fully committed to this project and will take all necessary steps working closely with DHSSPS, HSCB and HSE to ensure that this matter can be given the highest priority.”