Campaign Press Conference

L-R At the Press conference to launch Cancer in a Cold Climate: health analyst Marie O’Connor, author Enid O’Dowd and campaign chairman Joe Guilfoyle.

Irish Cancer Society letter re St Luke’s

The Irish Cancer Society has today responded to a long letter sent by the Campaign on December 6th. That letter is attached, as is the Society’s reply.

The response is to say the least disappointing. The Society believes that ‘patients needs will be fully met by the transfer of services.’

Well patients have needs: they need food, they need beds and they need a pleasant and safe environment. These needs are not available in an appropriate manner at the James’s campus.

They don’t need to have to pay high parking charges – but they will have to. Unless they apply to the Irish Cancer Society for financial help.

The Irish Cancer Society is a respected charity running many valuable programmes – but it’s attitude to St Luke’s is puzzling.

HSE denies Luke’s lands for sale

After threatening the HSE with Liveline, the email below was received on 25 January from the HSE -

Dear Mr Guilfoyle

I can confirm that there are no negotiations ongoing or planned in
relation to the sale of the site at St Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar. I
have confirmed this position with the HSE Estates Directorate, and they
in turn have responded to a parliamentary question in this regard last


Kilian McGrane
Cancer Network Manager – East
National Cancer Control Programme

The Campaign had written to the CEO of the HSE on December 14 asking about a report that the negotiations were underway to sell the St Luke’s land. A reminder was sent in January whereupon an emailed letter was received from the National Cancer Control programme (NCCP) on the CEO’s behalf but it waffled and did not say whether the report was true or not. The Campaign followed up asking the NCCP to answer our question but when no reply was forthcoming, we emailed threatening Liveline. This resulted in the denial above.

Our question is – why did the first ‘reply’ received a week ago not answer the query? Why was the question only answered when Liveline came into the equation? Can we believe this answer?

Trinity Student Sarah Quinn wants to contact Luke’s patients, past and present, for focus groups she is running in January 2011 as part of a project for her finals in Psychology at Trinity College.

If you would be prepared to talk about your experience of St Luke’s contact the Campaign at 087 6395790 or email and we will put you in touch with Sarah.

In a letter from the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) to Ruairi Quinn TD dated November 18 2010, we learn -

  • that St Luke’s is to lose four out of it’s 8 linear accelerators in the first quarter of 2011.
  • Luke’s will lose some inpatient beds (numbers unspecified) as inpatient beds are ‘being provided’ in each of the two host hospitals, James’s and Beaumont. Each hospital is to get 12 dedicated cancer beds but as yet these we understand these beds do not exist.
  • Deputy Quinn awaits a reply from his query about the Luke’s site being involved in sale negotiations.

Luke’s is not supposed to close until 2014 but given the political situation it is logical that  Minister Harney might move fast to make it  impossible for the new government to reverse the decision to close the hospital..

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