There was a large turnout for a meeting to discuss the implications of a proposed closure of the Breast Diagnostic Centre at Craigavon Area Hospital. It has been proposed to reduce this service that will mean the closure of the breast cancer clinic at Craigavon Area Hospital and Belfast City Hospital. The audience heard recounts from several women who have unfortunately had to use the service and it was stressed time and time again how the removal of this service at CAH would greatly increase the hardships associated with breast cancer.
The meeting was organised by Jacqueline Donnelly who invited Joanne Harris from the Knitted Knockers, a group that specialise in handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Knitted Knockers are also currently gathering a petition with the aim of initiating a debate at Westminster surrounding this closure. This petition requires 100,000 signatures to enable this debate to take place. Joanne Harris urged people to sign the petition and for groups to take the petition onboard and highlight it.
Anyone looking to sign this petition can do so at Sherry Field Sports Complex. The consortium has along with other groups, agreed to highlight and promote this petition. Other outlets for signing are available throughout the city. Check social media for details.