Ritchie raises Cancer Services with Minister

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Thursday, April 18th, 2013
SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has asked the UK government to ensure that they share best practice for cancer awareness and diagnosis with practitioners in Northern Ireland.

Speaking following Health questions in the House of Commons Ritchie stated, “Raising awareness, the analysis of biopsies and early diagnoses are critical in reducing cancer rates and improving treatment.

“Almost every family will at some point be touched by the tragedy of a cancer diagnosis and everything should be done to improve the chances of successful treatment. Improving public awareness, and the associated higher incidence of early diagnosis, are integral elements in meeting this challenge.

“I was glad to hear the positive attitude adopted by the UK Health Minister to working with the local Department of Health to ensure that there is information sharing and cooperationbetween Westminster and the devolved administrations when it comes to developing best practice.

“I would hope that the local Health Minister will be proactive in developing a cancer  strategy that is co-ordinated with efforts in the UK and Ireland.”

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