Radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin will go ahead

Mark H Durkan.
Mark H Durkan.

SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has welcomed confirmation from the Health Minister Jim Wells of his commitment to the delivery of the radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin.

“I very much welcome the good news from Minister Wells that funding is in place to ensure the timely delivery of the North West radiotherapy unit and importantly the delivery of the service itself for cancer sufferers.

“The people of the North West - including our neighbours in Donegal - fought a hard campaign to secure the radiotherapy unit but due to the financial situation within the Executive a fresh cloud of uncertainty was created around the project with the previous minister claiming that while the unit would be built there would be no revenue budget to provide and train staff.

“I have raised with Mr Wells the importance of providing certainty and allaying the fears of the wider North West population, not least people already dealing with the trauma of cancer.

“He has always appeared sympathetic to the case and his announcement today shows that he has listened.

“It is vital now that focus remains on getting this long awaited and much needed service up and running as soon as possible to ease the suffering faced by so many families in this part of the island.”