Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit will get funding from Stormont

Northern Irelands Finance Minister Sammy Wilson has confirmed that money will be available for the proposed Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.

Delivering his draft budget to MLAs at Stormont today Mr Wilson said even in the most difficult financial situation, health service funding will be ring-fenced.

Recently there were growing concerns that the plan for the new radiotherapy unit for cancer patients in the area might be affected by budget cuts.

Foyle MLA, Pol Callaghan, welcomed todays news, and he says he would be pushing for the project to go ahead as soon as possible..........

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Meanwhile, spokesperson for Co-operating for Cancer Care North-West, Noelle Duddy, says she would be hopeful the radiotherapy unit would be up and running by Autumn 2015........

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