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Cecilia Keaveney

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564 Cecilia Keaveney asked the Minister for Health and Children the plans he has in relation to expanding breast cancer services in the north-west region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19876/00]

I have received the report of the sub-group of the National Cancer Forum on the Development of Services for Symptomatic Breast Disease. I have considered this report, and while having taken no final decisions on its implementation, I accept the broad trust of its recommendations. However, I feel that some further refinements are needed in relation to implementation arrangements at local level. In this regard, I have recently announced the establishment of an advisory group, to be chaired by Prof. Niall O'Higgins, St. Vincent's Hospital, to assist and liaise with health boards in formulating their plans for the development of specialist breast cancer services. I am confident that the development of symptomatic breast disease services which will result will greatly enhance the quality of the services currently available to the women of the north-west.