Finneran defends staffing of Mobile Breastcheck Unit

Government TD Michael Finneran has refuted claims by Marian Harkin MEP that the breast cancer screening unit at Roscommon Hospital is not being staffed consistently. Speaking on Shannonside FM on Wednesday morning Ms. Harkin  said that she had been told that the unit is not being staffed all of the time. She made the comments while criticising delays in the rollout of the Breastcheck screening programme in this region. That scheme was due to be put in place this autumn but will now be delayed for two years. Ms. Harkin made it clear that it was positive that Roscommon ‘at least’ had the mobile unit.  Deputy Finneran rejected the Independent MEP’s claim, and said that the unity is operating as anticipated last spring.    ‘The breast screening service at Roscommon Hospital has already screened 1,270 women and it will continue to operate until it deals with all the women due for screening in the county,’ said Deputy Finneran. The Fianna Fail TD claimed that ‘four to four and a half thousand women’ will have been screened by the end of January 2008.   ‘While the unit is staffed from Dublin’s Merrion Unit it will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. In a number of weeks it will be staffed from Galway and then it will operate on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays,’ said Deputy Finneran who described the unit as ‘a fairly good story, a success, and something that’s of help to women in the county.’