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    Default Can you help bus cancer patients from Donegal to Galway for cancer treatment?

    Some of you are under the impression that cancer services for Donegal are available in Northern Ireland. They are not. They have not even agreed the design for the new cancer center in Derry, let alone started to build it and most likely never will.

    Some people have been organising a car to drive to Galway with cancer patients, but that is not enough as there is a clear need for some buses due to the sheer numbers.

    Now someone from Donegal, namely Jacqueline Doherty is trying to organise a bus service from Donegal to Galway and back again for daily cancer care appointments in Galway hospital. She really needs everone's support to fix this problem, which the Irish government is clearly incapable of fixing.

    Anyone wishing to donate or assist in this project will find the contact details of the organiser at this weblink.

    Donegal Daily » CAN YOU HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR DONEGAL TO GALWAY CANCER PATIENT BUS?

    This whole situation has made me really angry.

    The fact that people in Donegal are being made to take a 4.5 to 5 hour journey to have cancer treatment when there should be cancer treatment in Letterkenny, is beyond insane in my opinion. If that was any other part of the country, there would be uproar and it would be quickly sorted out.

    It is not only this government, but also previous governments who are responsible for this situation. This has dragged on for more than a decade. Sinn Fein are in power in the North and even once ran the NHS in Northern Ireland, yet during there period in charge of healthcare progress on cross border treatment was glacial or more likely farcical as it is now under Poots of the DUP.

    To make matters worse those in public health planning in the North West on both sides of the border are dragging this out at there all expenses paid meetings in hotels, even though they have perfectly good meeting rooms in there respective headquarters.

    It is clear to me that politicians on this island, north and south are less than useless. They can sort nothing out because firstly they have no incentive to do so and even if they had, would be incapable of sorting anything out anyway.

    That is my opinion regarding this situation.

    What is your opinion?

    Should this situation have been allowed to occur in the first place?



    Update, edit: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/healt...rney-1.1321062
    Last edited by Nemesiscorporation; 23rd March 2013 at 03:24 PM.

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    I thought the access to treatments in Derry was long sorted. Surprised this is not the case. Are these patients going to Galway for radiotherpay? Surely outpatients appointments are available much closer to home (with the consultants doing the travelling)?
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    It's outrageous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ger12 View Post
    I thought the access to treatments in Derry was long sorted. Surprised this is not the case. Are these patients going to Galway for radiotherpay? Surely outpatients appointments are available much closer to home (with the consultants doing the travelling)?
    There is a lie being propagated by people who want to further run down Donegal health care that everyone can go to the north for treatment. They have not even reached an agreement on that in over a decade of talking and never will.

    No outpatients appointments are available for cancer care in Donegal. All appointments for Cancer care and eye surgery are now in Galway, including outpatients appointments.

    An example to let you know how insane it is.

    Someone needing pain management in late stage cancer treatment has to travel to Galway for an appointment. The journey is so agonising that eventually people stop going and no longer get the proper treatment and stay at home as it takes to much out of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemesiscorporation View Post
    There is a lie being propagated by people who want to further run down Donegal health care that everyone can go to the north for treatment. They have not even reached an agreement on that in over a decade of talking and never will.

    No outpatients appointments are available for cancer care in Donegal. All appointments for Cancer care and eye surgery are now in Galway, including outpatients appointments.

    An example to let you know how insane it is.

    Someone needing pain management in late stage cancer treatment has to travel to Galway for an appointment. The journey is so agonising that eventually people stop going and no longer get the proper treatment and stay at home as it takes to much out of them.
    Isn't there an oncology unit in Letterkenny Hospital?

    HSE.ie - Health Service Executive Website - Oncology Department
    At 12 weeks the “clump of cells” toes curl, her mouth makes sucking movements, she has a human face and if you prod the tummy she will move in response

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    The like of this brings great shame down not only on the present government but on the
    previous one as well, An utter disgrace,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ger12 View Post
    Isn't there an oncology unit in Letterkenny Hospital?

    HSE.ie - Health Service Executive Website - Oncology Department
    It was shut down some years ago.

    Anyone claiming there is cancer treatment in Donegal is a sadist taking personal enjoyment out of the suffering of cancer patients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemesiscorporation View Post
    It was shut down some years ago.

    Anyone claiming there is cancer treatment in Donegal is a sadist taking personal enjoyment out of the suffering of cancer patients.
    No it wasn't.
    At 12 weeks the “clump of cells” toes curl, her mouth makes sucking movements, she has a human face and if you prod the tummy she will move in response

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    Quote Originally Posted by ger12 View Post
    No it wasn't.
    You are sick.

    I know people personally who have to make the journey from Donegal to galway.

    You really are twisted.

    There is no cancer care in Letterkenny or anywhere else in Donegal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemesiscorporation View Post
    You are sick.

    I know people personally who have to make the journey from Donegal to galway.

    You really are twisted.

    There is no cancer care in Letterkenny or anywhere else in Donegal.
    It is a dangerous game you are playing here.

    There are cancer services in Letterkenny Hopsital. Chemotherapy treatments given in a day oncology unit and there is also an in-patient unit. If you don't believe me ring the hospital yourself to confirm this at 074-9125888. I think there's also a hospice in Letterkenny with a medical team and a specialist palliative care nurse in the hospital.

    I'm not saying it's enough but there are services present in Donegal.
    At 12 weeks the “clump of cells” toes curl, her mouth makes sucking movements, she has a human face and if you prod the tummy she will move in response

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