Mammography service will not be returned to Sligo.

Future of maternity services also shrouded in doubt

Sligo News File Online

The cessation of mammography service at Sligo General Hospital is to raised in both the Dail and Senate.

Tony McLoughlin, TD
Tony McLoughlin, TD

Confirmation that the service will not be moved back to Sligo emerged during a meeting between members of the North West Save our Cancer Services organisation and management of the West/North West hospitals group.

Hospitals Group Chief Operating Officer, Tony Canavan said he was
not in favour of reinstating the service, as such a course would lead to the fragmentation of the symptomatic breast service that would not be in the interest of service provision or women in the West of Ireland.

The decision has been attacked by local Fine Gael TD, Tony McLoughlin who said he had been assured on a number of occasions in the last few years that a follow up mammography facility was going to be put in place.

The move marks yet another blow to the Sligo hospital services from
which cancer treatment services were removed to Galway a number of years ago.

Mr. McLoughlin says he intends raise the loss of the mammography service with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar.

Fears have also been expressed about the future of hospital’s maternity services. If terminated, it would leave the county with little more than a cottage style hospital.

Maintenance of mammography facilities and maternity services have been repeatedly raised in Senate debates by Fianna Fail spokesman on Health,  Senator MarcMacSharry.