CF sufferer gives caution response to Harney move

The young cystic fibrosis sufferer who has been leading the campaign for better facilities say she is adopting a cautious approach to the latest government promise on the issue.

Health Minister Mary Harney announced last night that a special unit for CF sufferers would be completed at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin as early as possible in 2011.

The HSE had warned last week that it wouldn't have funding to begin the project until 2011 at the earliest.

However, Ms Harney says the 2011 target date will be achieved under a new funding scheme in which the developer won't be paid until construction is finished.

Campaigner Orla Tinsley says she is delighted with the move, but has no option but to take it with a pinch of salt because previous promises by the Government have been broken.

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