Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (391, 392)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

391. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health his plans to roll out the BreastCheck mobile unit to a town (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49992/19]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

392. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health when the BreastCheck mobile unit will be rolled out to a town (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49993/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 391 and 392 together.

Breast cancer screening was carried out in Letterkenny between March and August 2017. During that time, all eligible women in the area were invited by BreastCheck to have a mammogram free of charge. A mobile unit will return to carry out breast screening in Letterkenny from January 2020.

Since 2013, due to the closure of the Buncrana site that previously held a mobile unit, all eligible women in Buncrana and the surrounding areas have been invited for breast cancer screening in Letterkenny. I am advised that the HSE's National Screening Service will initiate discussions early next year with owners of potential sites for a mobile unit in Buncrana.