Breast Cancer Services

March 12th, 2008 - Pat Breen

QUESTION NO: 154

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health and Children (Ms. Harney (Dublin Mid-West))

by Deputy Pat Breen

for WRITTEN ANSWER on 12/03/2008

* To ask the Minister for Health and Children when the review of breast cancer services at Barrington’s Hospital in Limerick will be completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Pat Breen T.D.

REPLY.

Following disclosures about the provision of breast cancer services at Barrington’s Hospital and Medical Centre, it was agreed to commission an independent review of patients’ files in the Hospital during the period 1 September, 2003 to 10 August, 2007.

The Chairperson of the review team is Dr. Henrietta Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of the All-Ireland Cancer Foundation and former Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland. Barrington’s Hospital is co-operating in full with the process. Dr. Campbell expects to finalise a draft report shortly. Following the completion of the necessary legal formalities, the Report will be submitted to me and to Barrington’s Hospital.