Monday 22 January 2018

HSE lashed for cancer pledge delay

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

THE family of the late Susie Long, who died of bowel cancer after waiting seven months for a test, has criticised the failure of the health service to honour promises on the fifth anniversary of her death.

Ms Long (41), a mother of two from Kilkenny, went public on RTE radio to speak of her struggle to beat cancer when, as a public patient, she had to go on a waiting list for a colonoscopy procedure to investigate if she had bowel cancer.

Speaking on the fifth anniversary of her death, her husband Conor MacLiam said, despite a series of pledges, progress had been "painfully slow".

He said building work had yet to start on the Day Unit promised to Susie at St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny.

A national bowel screening programme due to begin earlier this year had been postponed.

A HSE spokeswoman said a number of developments were planned for St Luke's including the Day Services Unit. "The sod turning for this development will take place in November."

Irish Independent

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