Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (117)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Ceist:

117. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health the make-up of the cancer patient advisory committee; and his views on the importance of having a lung cancer specialist in view of the lack of lung cancer advocacy groups here. [5267/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Cancer Patient Advisory Committee comprises 15 members, chaired by a representative of my Department. A list of the Members of the Committee, which has been published previously, is attached.

A Call for Expressions of Interest for membership of the Committee was published in September 2018 and there was a very good response. Primarily individuals with direct experience of cancer treatment as a patient were sought as members, although those who supported a family member or close friend through cancer treatment, or those supporting cancer patients as part of their work were also considered. A selection process was undertaken by a group comprising representatives of the Irish Cancer Society, the HSE's National Cancer Control Programme, my Department and a member of the former Cancer Patient Forum.

Cancer Patient Advisory Committee Members*

Name

County

Louise Carolan McKeon

Cavan

Sarah Carty

Wicklow

Edel Chadwick

Clare

Ann Cullen

Dublin

Noelle Duddy

Donegal

Deirdre Fitzpatrick

Dublin

Ken Loughran

Wicklow

Mairead Mangan

Dublin

Fiona McEntee

Dublin

Ciara Morris

Dublin

Michael Nowlan

Dublin

Miriam O’Driscoll

Cork

Mary Powell

Dublin

P.J Rainey

Mayo

Mary-Claire Rennick

Meath

*The Committee is chaired by Michael Conroy, Department of Health