Western Trust “disappointed” at postponement of Derry radiotherapy plan

The Chairperson of the Western Health and Social Services Trust has expressed grave disappointment at the decision to postpone the proposed radiotherapy unit in Derry.

In a statement this evening, the Western Trust says the reason why the Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital is so important is that the Cancer Centre in Belfast is on record as saying it  will reach maximum capacity by late 2015.

The Western Trust says 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 across the North West of Ireland.

The statement concludes that the trust remains fully committed to this project, and will take all necessary steps working closely with health agencies and government personnel on both sides of the border to ensure that this matter can be given the highest priority.