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Labour supports bra protest

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 04:53 PM

Labour supports bra protest

This afternoon the Save Our Cancer services campaign took its message to the Department of the Taoiseach. The campaign, which is calling on the Government not to go ahead with the transferring of cancer services from Sligo Hospital to Galway, called on supporters to show their support by tying bras to the railings of the department.

Among those present at the event were Labour's Health Spokesperson Jan O'Sullivan TD as well as Susan O'Keeffe, Cllr Jim McGarry ; Cllr Veronica Cawley and Cllr Veronica McGarry

Deputy O'Sullivan said: "It is still not too late to retain full cancer services in Sligo. The decision to ignore geography and distance was wrong.

"On top of facing long and painful journeys, cancer patients and their families will also have to compete for the scarce and over-stressed resources and beds in Galway University Hospital.

"All the evidence available suggests that Galway just won't be able to cope and that there will be longer waiting times for all patients dependant on the hospital.

"The women of the North West are bringing their protest to Dublin today and I am here to support them. The Taoiseach and the Minister for Health must hear their voices before it is too late."

Susan O'Keeffe also spoke of the hardship endured by patients receiving treatment.

She said: " "If you have to travel from Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim or North Mayo to have surgery for cancer in either Dublin or Galway, it creates enormous emotional and financial hardship for families, trying to juggle care of children, support for the person with cancer, travel arrangements and accommodation.

"For some families, just trying to get together enough money to do all that will be a stress."

You can find out more about the campaign on their website.

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