Minister for Health, Mary Harney, refuses to meet cancer hospital campaign

The Save St Luke’s Campaign, in Dublin expressed considerable disappointment today at being told by the Minister for Health that she is not available to meet a delegation from the campaign.

The Campaign has been requesting a meeting for a number of months and was informed recently that, “Unfortunately due to a very heavy schedule of Government and Departmental business over the coming weeks and months, the Minister regrets that she will not be in a position to meet with this deputation.”

The Save St Luke’s Campaign was requesting the meeting to express the experiences and views of patients and relatives of patients who are very concerned with the decision to close St Luke’s Cancer Hospital in Rathgar.

The Save St Luke’s Campaign stated that it was very dissapointed that the Minister is refusing to meet a delegation given that no patients were consulted over the orginial decision to close St Luke’s. Furthermore, given the delay in the implementation of the national cancer strategy and the increase in projected cancer victims in the future, the campaign believes the decision should be reviewed to take account of these changes in circumstances.

The Minister is speaking this evening in Trinity College and representatives of the St Lukes campaign are hoping to get an opportunity to question the Minister there.

The Save St Luke’s Campaign (Dublin) has collected thousands of signatures in suport of the retention of cancer services in St Luke’s Hospital and is organising a march on June 7th in opposition to the closure of the hospital.

For further information contact the Save St Luke’s Campaign at:

Chairperson Rory Hearne 086 1523542

Press officer and St Luke’s Patient, Marie Harford 01 4979953/01 8313057

Secretary (and relative of former patient of St Luke’s) Ciaran Behan 087 1379634

Visit: www.savestlukes.net

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