Dáil Éireann - Volume 615 - 21 February, 2006
Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.
Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin
246. Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the roll-out of BreastCheck to the south and west of the country; if the service will be nationwide in 2007; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6662/06]
Ms Harney Ms Harney
Ms Harney: The roll-out of the national breast screening programme to the remaining regions in  the country is a major priority in the development of cancer services. BreastCheck has advertised for lead consultant radiologists and radiographers for the two new units at the South Infirmary and Victoria Hospital, Cork and University College Hospital, Galway. The recruitment of other key clinical posts will commence shortly.
The design process for the two new units is progressing. The applications for planning permission for both clinical units have been lodged with the relevant local authorities and decisions are expected in March. It is anticipated that the design process, including the preparation of tender documentation, will be completed by mid-2006. Following the selection of contractors, construction of the two units will commence. BreastCheck is confident that the target date of 2007 for commencement of the roll-out will be met.
Dáil Éireann 615 Written Answers. Cancer Screening Programme.