Calls for cancer patients in south Donegal to be included on cross-border plan

Cancer campaigners are to call on the Health Minister today to ensure patients from south Donegal are able to avail of new radiotherapy services at Altnagelvin hospital.

It’s emerged that patients south of Donegal town are not in fact included on a new cross border health plan which has come into place in recent weeks.

Donegal Action for Cancer Care campaign group says it one of the many key issues they will be discussing with the Health Minister Simon Harris when he visits Letterkenny today.

The new cross-border radiotherapy unit is now in place at Altnagelvin hospital in Derry and is already taking patients from Donegal.

It was set up as part of an initiative between the Health Departments north and south of the border with the aim of improving healthcare access for both populations.

Oncology staff at Letterkenny University Hospital work with staff at Altnagelvin to provide the service.

However, Betty Holmes of the Donegal Action for Cancer Care campaign group says that the plan only includes patients as far south as Donegal town.

She has secured a meeting with Health Minister Simon Harris at Letterkenny University Hospital today on his visit to Donegal after over 6 months of trying to secure a meeting.

She says this is one of many issues she will be calling for clarification on: