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Cancer Services: Deterioration

Part of Opposition Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 18th October 2016.

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Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance 3:30 pm, 18th October 2016

I thank the Member for giving way. As Kellie has already mentioned, we have reservations about the detail of the motion but not the general thrust. Whilst I accept the point he is making, does he agree that, for those women who are referred, whether it be for a cyst, benign growths or cancer, there is a huge amount of stress for the period of time that they wait? Therefore, it is relevant to raise the issue of waiting time, whether those women are breast cancer patients or are simply not aware of their current status.