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Written Answers. - Radiotherapy Services.

Wednesday, 27 March 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 551 No. 3

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 155. Mr. Noonan Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  the level of radiotherapy service available at Limerick Regional Hospital; the plans to extend the range of services currently available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10355/02]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Radiotherapy services are not currently available at Limerick Regional Hospital. I have established an expert working group on radiotherapy services to examine the appropriate further development of radiotherapy services in this country. The provision of additional services for radiotherapy treatment will be considered in the context of the report of the group.

The work of the group is at an advanced stage. I have been advised that all health boards, including the Mid-Western Health Board, have been afforded the opportunity to meet the group. Due to the importance and the complexity of the work, it is not possible to give an exact date for the report of the expert group but it is anticipated that its work will be completed in the near future.

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