Updated: 13/02/16 : 06:20:27
Fine Gael TD for Sligo/Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin, has said that the HSE has briefed him on the progress of the tender process for a follow up mammography service in Sligo and that he is pleased to advise that the discussions with the proposed supplier of the service have gone well, and that the tender process is expected to conclude shortly.
“Of course nothing is absolutely certain until the contract is signed, but the HSE has told me that these advanced discussions will conclude successfully next week. This obviously will be an excellent development for the women of Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and the North West region in general.
"I am satisfied that after five years of hard work on this particular issue, on behalf of the members of the Save Our Cancer Services group, that this service is now weeks away from being restored. Their efforts are what have brought this service back to the region and I am glad to have been able to assist them with this issue. I just wish I could have helped to make it happen sooner.
“As soon as this service contract has been signed by the HSE, I want to see it up and running as quickly as possible. From speaking with users of this service, it will only become real to them when actual appointments have been made and when patients start arriving at the hospital to use the service. I am confident that this can occur very quickly.
“I want to thank the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar T.D. for his commitment and efforts on this issue, because he really has played a major role in this service being returned to the people the Northwest.
“Finally, as we discuss health services, I am glad to have played a key role in delivering this new Mammography service to the region after Fianna Fáil had took it away, together with lobbying the Minister about the need for a new GP Out-of-Hours Service and hopefully, in the not too distant future, a new fixed Cardio CAT Lab.”