Extension to health service consultation
A public consultation on proposals to reshape stroke and breast assessment services in Northern Ireland has been extended by a month.
The Department of Health has proposed keeping three breast cancer assessment centres — Altnagelvin, Ulster and Antrim — and closing the remaining two at Belfast City Hospital and Craigavon Area Hospital.
Many women would have to travel further, but the department has said this will concentrate resources and patients will be seen within the 14-day target.
Consultations on both services will now run until Friday, July 19, having been originally scheduled to finish on June 17 and 18.
The department is planning a series of public engagement events in June on both the consultations.
It said the consultation extensions will help facilitate the vital debate on the best way to reshape services.
To have your say go to: www.health-ni.gov.uk/consultations.