New radiotherapy unit facing six-month delay
The Health Minister has again warned the opening of a new radiotherapy unit in Londonderry could be delayed by six months because of health budget cuts.
The unit, currently being built at Altnagelvin Hospital after a concerted campaign across the North West, was due to open by mid-2016.
Edwin Poots said it would not go into operation on time unless more money was allocated to his department.
Mr Poots also said that plans to create a 24-hour laboratory which would be used to treat patients with serious heart conditions could be delayed indefinitely.
Yesterday he outlined the effect the cuts could have on the new developments at Altnagelvin Hospital, and said the situation was out of his control.
Work to clear and prepare the construction site for the new radiotherapy unit has already begun.
Mr Poots said: "The building of it will continue apace, but as things stand, unless I get more money in the October monitoring round, the training of staff will be delayed and the consequence of that will be that the opening will be delayed."