October 6, 2008

Cancer Campaigners Head to Protest Rally


CANCER campaigners from Donegal are preparing to head to Dublin this weekend for a major protest over health services.

Co-operating for Cancer Care North West, will send a delegation to take part in the Public Health Services Campaign rally organised by Trade Unions and Patients Together to take place on Saturday.

Participants are expected to assemble at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, for 2pm.

Campaign spokesman Des Derwin said: "Our campaign began in March this year. With one voice we looked for change, more resources, more frontline health workers, more medical cards, an end to waiting times for treatment, superbug infections and privatisation and overcrowded A&E departments. "Instead of more health funding we got health cutbacks, more staff embargoes, more ward closures and more hospital downgrades."

Noelle Duddy, spokeswoman for CCC(NW) said: "We demand that the Government provide the funding for a first class public health service. We demand that the Government put a stop on cutbacks in health spending and we demand the Government stop the privatisation of the public health service."

For further information regarding booking transport from Letterkenny to the rally, contact: Martin O'Rourke, Donegal branch organiser, SIPTU, on 00353 7491 22386.

Originally published by BRENDAN McDAID [email protected]

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