Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital shelved

Northern Irelands Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, has postponed plans for a new radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.

Highland Radio news learnt just before Mr McGimpsey addressed his Department that this would be the case.

He the announcement to the Assembly in a statement on his capital priorities for the next four years.

He said he was committed to the future development of the unit at Altnagelvin.

However, he said that there was not enough money in the Health Department's budget to fund it at present.

Noelle Duddy, from Co-operating Cancer Care North West, said even though this announcement was disappointing, she still believed the radiotherapy unit would be up and running eventually.....

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Meanwhile Foyle MLA Pol Callaghan said the annoucement was a very bad day for the Northwest.

He said the radiotherapy centre was too important of an issue to simply postponing.....

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