Anger that Sligo Town Breastcheck appointments referred to Tubbercurry

Sligo County Council says it’s happy to work with Breastcheck to ensure that the service can remain in Sligo town.

It’s emerged over the weekend that patients of this national screening service which comes to Sligo town a number of times a year are being referred to Tubbercurry.

Ocean FM News is awaiting a response back from Breastcheck on the issue.

Sinn Fein Councillor Chris McManus intends to raise this issue at a meeting of the County Council today:

Cancer campaigner Catriona McGoldrick says the unit is vital in detecting cancer early and a location in Sligo town simply must be maintained:

10am update:

A cancer campaigner in the North West says the importance of keeping the Breastcheck service accessible for women in Sligo town cannot be highlighted enough.

Catriona McGoldrick is calling for clarification on why women who would normally be able to avail of this service in Sligo town are being referred to Tubbercurry.

The issue is set to be raised at a meeting of Sligo County Council today as so many Councillor have been contacted on the issue.

Catriona McGoldrick says the locations at the Retail Park in Carraroe and the Racecourse were ideal because they were serviced by public transport:

Update 8am:

Politicians in the North West have expressed anger at the situation emerging with the Breastcheck service in Sligo over the weekend.

Calls have been made on the management of the National Breast Screening Service and on the Minister for Health, to explain why the BreastCheck mobile unit is not providing a screening service in the Sligo urban area.

It emerged over the weekend that women from Sligo town who received notice of appointments were asked to attend the BreastCheck mobile unit currently located in Tubbercurry.

The notice accompanying the letter from the BreastCheck West Unit Manager pointed out that the BreastCheck site in Sligo Town had been withdrawn.

And rather than delay offering an appointment, women were being invited to the mobile unit in Tubbercurry until a new site is found for the unit nearer Sligo town.

Independent Councillor Declan Bree said he has been contacted by many constituents.

While Fine Gael Sligo Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin said over the weekend that he would be contacting the unit manager and is awaiting clarification on what is going on.