Recent high profile media reports have documented the issues with timely delivery of chemotherapy to a number of children in Ireland. The response to these issues by the Taoiseach was unhelpful and insensitive to the children involved and their families.
Yesterday, in response to this, Childhood Cancer Foundation, in conjunction with other Irish charities supporting children with cancer in Ireland (The Gavin Glynn Foundation, Irish Cancer Society, CanTeen Ireland, CanCare4Living and Hand In Hand), sent a letter to the Minister for Health.
This collaborative response to the failure to provide appropriate resources to the patients and staff of St. John's Ward at CHI Crumlin (the only designated Paediatric Oncology centre) is intended to provide a unified voice for the concerns of patients and their families.
Childhood Cancer Foundation will continue to advocate on behalf of children with cancer and to work collaboratively with the Staff of St. John's and other stakeholders to ensure adequate solutions are provided to resolve the immediate issues.
We will also continue to work tirelessly to ensure appropriate plans are in place to prevent re-occurrence and to deliver a sustainable future for care of children with cancer in Ireland.