Wednesday 28 June 2017

The Irish Cancer Society's message not heard by those in power

Hospital crisis is resulting in more cancer operations being cancelled. Stock Image
Hospital crisis is resulting in more cancer operations being cancelled. Stock Image
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It is with great sadness that we once again learn of the cancellation of vital cancer operations "in significant numbers'' due to overcrowding, and a lack of an adequate number of beds and doctors in our hospitals (Irish Independent, March 20).

Dr Tom Ryan, president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) and an anaesthetist in St James's Hospital in Dublin, said the situation is urgent, and sent a stark warning to the Health Minister, Simon Harris, of the consequences of not carrying out the essential surgery, and immediate and on-going cancer patient care.

There are 400 full-time hospital consultant positions vacant, and this issue can only be solved by offering improved pay and conditions, Dr Ryan added.

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