Still waiting for St Luke’s commitment

THE row over the Taioseach’s pre-election commitment to Roscommon Hospital and the subsequent action of his government contrasts with his lack of a firm commitment to St Luke’s Cancer Hospital.

Responding to a letter I sent to all party leaders last year, Enda Kenny said in a letter dated September 6, 2010 (included in the appendix of our book Cancer in a Cold Climate: the shafting of St Luke’s Hospital) that Dr Reilly “is anxious that any promised improved service elsewhere is in position and seen to be working before any changes are introduced to the services at St Luke’s”.

Note he refers to Dr Reilly and not to his own position.

This sentence we took to mean that St Luke’s could be closed when alternative cancer services were up and running.

This was disappointing, but at least St Luke’s supporters were not misled as Roscommon people were.

We felt the FG position was ambivalent and let that be known to our supporters.

Was the ambivalent commitment to the Save St Luke’s Campaign given because our support is not concentrated in one constituency?

St Luke’s is a national institution and a commitment would not necessarily gain additional FG seats.

Our campaign met with Dr Reilly last month and we still do not have a commitment on St Luke’s.

Readers may be interested to see the minutes of that meeting, which we have posted on our website,

Joe Guilfoyle

Chairman Save St Luke’s Campaign


Luke Wadding Street


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