Northern Ireland

Altnagelvin Hospital radiotherapy unit decision due

Altnagelvin Hospital
Image caption The Health Minister Edwin Poots said he cannot guarantee the radiotherapy centre at Altnagelvin Hospital will be built.

A decision is due on whether plans for a radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry can go ahead.

The new Health Minister Edwin Poots is due to speak to the Assembly about his decision on Monday afternoon.

The centre was put on hold in March after the previous health minister, Michael McGimpsey, said he did not have enough money in his budget to run it.

People in Derry have to make a 200-mile round trip to the cancer centre in Belfast for treatment.

Mr Poots said last week that it could not continue. The minister also said if the unit was built money would have to be found from other services.

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