Mandate Official Slams Health Minister For No Show
Thursday 02 February 2017, 11am
Mandate Trade Union Divisional Organiser for the North and West Ciaran Campbell has slammed Health Minister Simon Harris' non attendance at yesterday's Dail session where opposition questions were raised in respect of the current ongoing cancer care and chemotherapy provision in Donegal's Letterkenny General Hospital.
He has stated 'If it isn't bad enough that very sick patients are again being asked to travel huge distances at incredible inconvenience to them and their families due to the lack of a basic cancer care and treatment provision, but this current and dare I say previous governments prevailing attitudes to people on this matter in the North West beggars belief. For a Health Minister not to even attend a Dail session knowing full well that questions on the current cancer care consultancy vacancy would arise is not alone downright insulting to the people of the North West but is inhumane in the extreme'.
He added 'Mandate through successive policy positions has consistently supported the North West cause in this area and when for once it looked like the people would experience the benefits of a long representative struggle by numerous groups and individuals, patients and families are not only rocked by the current situation but equally the incredible disregard to the matter by a Health Minister who is clearly out of his depth. The least the people of the North West deserved was for him to attend the Dail and answer the very serious questions posed by Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty who in all honesty has been very proactive on the issue'.