• It has come to our attention that some users may have been "banned" when they tried to change their passwords after the site was hacked due to a glitch in the old vBulletin software. This would have occurred around the end of February and does not apply after the site was converted to Xenforo. If you believe you were affected by this, please contact a staff member or use the Contact us link at the bottom of any forum page.

Can you help bus cancer patients from Donegal to Galway for cancer treatment?


Nemesiscorporation

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 2, 2011
Messages
14,214
Some of you are under the impression that cancer services for Donegal are available in Northern Ireland. They are not. They have not even agreed the design for the new cancer center in Derry, let alone started to build it and most likely never will.

Some people have been organising a car to drive to Galway with cancer patients, but that is not enough as there is a clear need for some buses due to the sheer numbers.

Now someone from Donegal, namely Jacqueline Doherty is trying to organise a bus service from Donegal to Galway and back again for daily cancer care appointments in Galway hospital. She really needs everone's support to fix this problem, which the Irish government is clearly incapable of fixing.

Anyone wishing to donate or assist in this project will find the contact details of the organiser at this weblink.

Donegal Daily » CAN YOU HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR DONEGAL TO GALWAY CANCER PATIENT BUS?

This whole situation has made me really angry.

The fact that people in Donegal are being made to take a 4.5 to 5 hour journey to have cancer treatment when there should be cancer treatment in Letterkenny, is beyond insane in my opinion. If that was any other part of the country, there would be uproar and it would be quickly sorted out.

It is not only this government, but also previous governments who are responsible for this situation. This has dragged on for more than a decade. Sinn Fein are in power in the North and even once ran the NHS in Northern Ireland, yet during there period in charge of healthcare progress on cross border treatment was glacial or more likely farcical as it is now under Poots of the DUP.

To make matters worse those in public health planning in the North West on both sides of the border are dragging this out at there all expenses paid meetings in hotels, even though they have perfectly good meeting rooms in there respective headquarters.

It is clear to me that politicians on this island, north and south are less than useless. They can sort nothing out because firstly they have no incentive to do so and even if they had, would be incapable of sorting anything out anyway.

That is my opinion regarding this situation.

What is your opinion?

Should this situation have been allowed to occur in the first place?



Update, edit: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/cancer-the-toughest-journey-1.1321062
 
Last edited:

ger12

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 25, 2011
Messages
48,255
I thought the access to treatments in Derry was long sorted. Surprised this is not the case. Are these patients going to Galway for radiotherpay? Surely outpatients appointments are available much closer to home (with the consultants doing the travelling)?
 
Joined
Oct 8, 2011
Messages
40,632
It's outrageous.
 

Nemesiscorporation

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 2, 2011
Messages
14,214
I thought the access to treatments in Derry was long sorted. Surprised this is not the case. Are these patients going to Galway for radiotherpay? Surely outpatients appointments are available much closer to home (with the consultants doing the travelling)?
There is a lie being propagated by people who want to further run down Donegal health care that everyone can go to the north for treatment. They have not even reached an agreement on that in over a decade of talking and never will.

No outpatients appointments are available for cancer care in Donegal. All appointments for Cancer care and eye surgery are now in Galway, including outpatients appointments.

An example to let you know how insane it is.

Someone needing pain management in late stage cancer treatment has to travel to Galway for an appointment. The journey is so agonising that eventually people stop going and no longer get the proper treatment and stay at home as it takes to much out of them.
 

ger12

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 25, 2011
Messages
48,255
There is a lie being propagated by people who want to further run down Donegal health care that everyone can go to the north for treatment. They have not even reached an agreement on that in over a decade of talking and never will.

No outpatients appointments are available for cancer care in Donegal. All appointments for Cancer care and eye surgery are now in Galway, including outpatients appointments.

An example to let you know how insane it is.

Someone needing pain management in late stage cancer treatment has to travel to Galway for an appointment. The journey is so agonising that eventually people stop going and no longer get the proper treatment and stay at home as it takes to much out of them.
Isn't there an oncology unit in Letterkenny Hospital?

HSE.ie - Health Service Executive Website - Oncology Department
 

turdsl

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 2, 2008
Messages
26,085
The like of this brings great shame down not only on the present government but on the
previous one as well, An utter disgrace,
 

Nemesiscorporation

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 2, 2011
Messages
14,214

ger12

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 25, 2011
Messages
48,255
It was shut down some years ago.

Anyone claiming there is cancer treatment in Donegal is a sadist taking personal enjoyment out of the suffering of cancer patients.
No it wasn't.
 

ger12

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 25, 2011
Messages
48,255
You are sick.

I know people personally who have to make the journey from Donegal to galway.

You really are twisted.

There is no cancer care in Letterkenny or anywhere else in Donegal.
It is a dangerous game you are playing here.

There are cancer services in Letterkenny Hopsital. Chemotherapy treatments given in a day oncology unit and there is also an in-patient unit. If you don't believe me ring the hospital yourself to confirm this at 074-9125888. I think there's also a hospice in Letterkenny with a medical team and a specialist palliative care nurse in the hospital.

I'm not saying it's enough but there are services present in Donegal.
 

Nemesiscorporation

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 2, 2011
Messages
14,214
It is a dangerous game you are playing here.

There are cancer services in Letterkenny Hopsital. Chemotherapy treatments given in a day oncology unit and there is also an in-patient unit. If you don't believe me ring the hospital yourself to confirm this at 074-9125888. I think there's also a hospice in Letterkenny with a medical team and a specialist palliative care nurse in the hospital.

I'm not saying it's enough but there are services present in Donegal.
You are lying.

There is occasionally a consultant who comes to Letterkenny, about once a month for a morning. No care of any description is available in Letterkenny.

The hospice care is nothing to do with this.

Please stop lying. I know you think being a malcontent on politics.ie is funny or something like that, but this situation is affecting people's healthcare, there lives and everyone about them.
 

ger12

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 25, 2011
Messages
48,255
You are lying.

There is occasionally a consultant who comes to Letterkenny, about once a month for a morning. No care of any description is available in Letterkenny.

The hospice care is nothing to do with this.

Please stop lying. I know you think being a malcontent on politics.ie is funny or something like that, but this situation is affecting people's healthcare, there lives and everyone about them.
There are services. They can of course be improved on. Ring the hospital to confirm my post.
 

Nemesiscorporation

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 2, 2011
Messages
14,214
There are services. They can of course be improved on. Ring the hospital to confirm my post.
There are no services. They were shut down on orders of Dublin, years ago.

All there is, is a guy who writes a referral to Galway hospital. There is nothing else.

Now please, take your sick twisted enjoyment of people suffering, elsewhere.
 

petaljam

Moderator
Joined
Nov 23, 2012
Messages
30,607
Does it matter in the context of the thread title whether there are zero cancer treatment services for Donegal patients or just grossly insufficient services? The point was about someone trying to set up some sort of acceptable transport at the very least. So unless the claim is false, and there is no need for a regular bus, quibbling over the details of what is available in Letterkenny looks petty. Seriously ill patients regularly have to make their way to Galway for services that should b available within reasonable distances. That is what matters, surely?
 

the secretary

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 29, 2013
Messages
5,832

Nemesiscorporation

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 2, 2011
Messages
14,214
Does it matter in the context of the thread title whether there are zero cancer treatment services for Donegal patients or just grossly insufficient services? The point was about someone trying to set up some sort of acceptable transport at the very least. So unless the claim is false, and there is no need for a regular bus, quibbling over the details of what is available in Letterkenny looks petty. Seriously ill patients regularly have to make their way to Galway for services that should b available within reasonable distances. That is what matters, surely?
There are no services and the bus is needed to get the patients to there cancer appointments.

The bus is unfunded and they need every piece of funding they can get to make this work.
 

daveL

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 29, 2010
Messages
19,593
There are services. They can of course be improved on. Ring the hospital to confirm my post.
There may be chemo services but as far as I am aware there are no radiotherapy services whatsoever. It's either Belfast or Galway.

So you're both right and also both wrong
 

asset test

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 3, 2008
Messages
14,812

White Horse

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 13, 2006
Messages
7,064
This is one of the reasons a 20% across the board pay cut should be imposed on health workers.

Patients should be the priority of the health service.
 
Top