Altnagelvin hospital: Recruitment under way for new radiotherapy unit

Altnagelvin Hospital
Image caption People in Derry have to make a 200-mile round trip to the cancer centre in Belfast for treatment

Recruitment is under way for the 35 staff needed at the new radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin hospital.

The health minister has confirmed that £1.5m has now been made available. The jobs will be advertised shortly.

The new Londonderry hospital unit is on schedule to open in the autumn. It will treat over 1,000 patients from Northern Ireland and almost 400 from the Republic of Ireland.

Simon Hamilton said the jobs would be specialised and highly skilled.

"The commencement of the recruitment process for these posts is a key milestone on the critical path to the centre's opening," he said.

"These highly skilled staff will have a central role in providing the expertise to enable us to provide safe, sustainable and high quality radiotherapy services at the Altnagelvin Hospital.

"It will allow patients to be able to get the highest quality, complex radiotherapy treatments, without facing lengthy journeys."

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