Updated: 10/04/18 : 05:35:03
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Harris to hear ‘anger, dismay’ on BreastCheck

HEALTH MINISTER Simon Harris has been urged to ensure BreastCheck is restored to Sligo town.

Both anger and dismay have greeted the service’s decision not to provide screening in Sligo town after the site it used was “withdrawn” as revealed by Sligo Today. See link below.

An emergency motion was adopted unanimously at Sligo County Council meeting yesterday, Monday.

“As a matter of urgency,” it called on the Minister for Health, the National Screening service and the HSE to take all steps necessary to restore the service to the town.

 Minister Harris has been asked to ensure a site will be provided to allow the BreastCheck mobile screening unit resume in Sligo town.

Dismayed, Angry

Long serving councillor Declan Bree proposed and Cllr Gino O'Boyle seconded the emergency motion at the April meeting.

Said Cllr Bree: “I have been contacted by many constituents who were dismayed, annoyed and angry at the failure to provide the screening service on a site in the Sligo urban area.

Broken Promises

“Taking into consideration,” added Cllr Bree, “the fact that the Breast Cancer service was removed from Sligo General Hospital, and taking into consideration the many broken promises made to cancer service campaigners in Sligo by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail politicians, I can well understand the level of distrust and anger currently being expressed by women in this community.”

No explanation has yet been offered by BreastCheck as to how/why the Sligo town site it used was “withdrawn.”

The decision provoked a furious backlash on Facebook, when highlighted by long-time cancer services campaigner Catriona McGoldrick.

Sites previously used by the womens’ health screening facility in Sligo town included Sligo Racecourse and the Retail Park in Carraroe.

Suitable location

BreastCheck says the location in Sligo town, where the service was due to be provided is no longer available, and it has found a suitable location at the Teeling Centre, in Collooney, allowing it operate as close to Sligo town as possible.

That unit is expected to be fully in operational in six to seven weeks.

BreastCheck says that women who are due a mammogram before this will be invited to the Tubbercurry mobile unit.

BreastCheck stresses it is not withdrawing any services and will continue to invite women who are due their mammograms to a location as close as possible to where they are living.

Link: See Sligo Today 7/4/2018.