Northern health minister casts doubt over Altnagelvin cancer unit

The North's Health Minister has cast doubt over a previous announcement that a new radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin would be up and running by 2015.

Michael McGimpsey announced proposals for the unit two years ago however he now says that the delivery of the scheme was dependent on the outcome of budget negotiations with Finance Minister Sammy Wilson.

The Irish government has already committed funding to the project which would provide cancer services for patients on both sides of the border.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan hopes the unit is not being used as budget lever by Michael McGimpsey:

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