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BREASTCHECK STATEMENT REGARDING CLARE COUNTY COUNCIL

Yesterday Minister Aine Brady, TD made a statement on behalf of Minster for Health and Children, Ms Mary Harney TD in good faith regarding BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme and screening of women in Co Clare. This statement was based on information provided to her office by the National Cancer Screening Service which manages BreastCheck.

There was an error in the information provided which suggested that Clare County Council required planning permission for the location of a mobile digital screening unit in Ennis, Co Clare. As a result, the impression was given that Clare County Council had been responsible for delays in the provision of breast screening in Co Clare.

We wish to confirm that Clare County Council is providing a site at its offices in Ennis and it has been confirmed that no planning permission will be required.

The National Cancer Screening Service has apologised to Minister Harney and Minister Brady for this error and has been in contact with the Clare County Manager to express its regrets for any offence or embarrassment caused.

The National Cancer Screening Service and Clare County Council look forward to working together to ensure the provision of the BreastCheck service as now scheduled in autumn 2010.

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