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Cancer in a cold climate: the Shafting of St Luke’s

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Cancer in a cold climate: the Shafting of St Luke’s

Written by Campaign Press Officer Enid O’Dowd, the book reveals that the ‘state the art’ new cancer unit at the James’s campus is merely an outpatient centre with no catering for patients.

This, despite the fact that it was ‘built with cancer patients in mind’ and embodied ‘best practice’ to ensure ‘best outcomes’ for patients.

Hungry patients, possibly weak after chemotherapy or other treatments must walk across the concrete yard full of cars outside the main entrance, then pass the storage dump for bins for Hospitals 1 & 2 then avoid being run down by the cars going into the underground carpark in order to access the catering services in the main building where their damaged immune system is exposed to the risk of infection.

Best practice?

We have heard that a vending machine may be installed in the cancer unit – hardly best practice for cancer patients?

The book reveals that there are apparently 12 dedicated cancer beds somewhere in the main hospital. Twelve beds for the whole of the Eastern Region South! St Luke’s has 179 beds including 20 day beds – so when Luke’s closes in 2014 that’s a lot of beds removed from the public health service.

Read the story of the Campaign to date and read patients’ stories.

Learn which politicians supported Luke’s and what they said.

The book can be ordered online from www.originalwriting.ie. Eason’s will be distributing it to their usual outlets. It can also be purchased at

Dubray Books, Swan Centre, Rathmines,

Ranelagh Arts Festival Shop, 26 Ranelagh (next to Superquinn)

Rosalins Newsagents, Dunville Avenue Ranelagh

Rathgar bookshop, 100 Rathgar Avenue, Dublin 6

the Book Store Waterford and Books n Things Waterford.

The book has 300 pages including 16 pages of colour photographs. It costs €15.

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