Dáil Éireann - Volume 628 - 05 December, 2006
Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.
Mr. Broughan Mr. Broughan
Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the BreastCheck roll-out nationwide and particularly the roll-out for the north west; the budget spend on the roll-out by region with initial cost projections and the current cost projections; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41389/06]
Dr. Cowley Dr. Cowley
Dr. Cowley asked the Minister for Health and Children her plans, in view of the fact that BreastCheck is realistically two years away for the women of Mayo and the west of Ireland, to offer an interim solution for this situation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41374/06]
Dr. Upton Dr. Upton
Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Health and Children the status of the prospect of comprehensive BreastCheck services being provided in the north-west region; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41140/06]
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will give a commitment to the Houses of the Oireachtas that the BreastCheck programme will be rolled out in Donegal in 2007 as promised. [41153/06]
Mr. Connaughton Mr. Connaughton
Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Health and Children when it is proposed to have free breast cancer screening available for women in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41272/06]
Dr. Upton Dr. Upton
Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Health and Children when BreastCheck screening will be available in Sligo and Leitrim. [41521/06]
Ms Harney Ms Harney
Ms Harney: I propose to take Questions Nos. 113, 139, 254, 255, 270 and 302 together.
I am committed to ensuring that the BreastCheck service is rolled out to the remaining regions in the country as quickly as possible. I have approved additional revenue funding of €8 million for 2007 to meet the additional costs involved, bringing BreastCheck’s revenue budget  to €21.7 million in 2007. I have also made available an additional €26.7 million capital funding to BreastCheck for the construction of two new clinical units, five additional mobile units and the provision of state of the art digital equipment. I am pleased that screening will commence in the South and West in the Spring of next year.
As regards the roll out to specific regions and associated costs, my Department has requested the Director of the Programme to respond directly to the Deputies.
Dáil Éireann 628 Written Answers. Cancer Screening Programme.