Dáil Éireann - Volume 502 - 30 March, 1999
Written Answers. - Cancer Treatment Services.
Mr. O'Shea Mr. O'Shea
208. Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Health and Children the cost of providing a radiation treatment unit at Waterford Regional Hospital; the yearly running cost of this unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8877/99]
Mr. Cowen Mr. Cowen
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Cowen): Radiotherapy is a highly specialised and capital intensive service. Because of its complexity and the considerable cost involved, there are currently just two public radiotherapy facilities in  Ireland. These are in St. Luke's Hospital, Dublin and Cork University Hospital. However, I am pleased to say that a third public radiotherapy facility will be provided as part of the major development of University College Hospital Galway. I also approved, recently, the provision of a second linear accelerator for the Radiotherapy Unit at Cork University Hospital. There are no plans to develop a unit at Waterford Regional Hospital.
Dáil Éireann 502 Written Answers. Cancer Treatment Services.