HSE lashed for cancer pledge delay
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."