26.4.02

Questions to the Minister for Health 26.4.02


Transport Assistance for Cancer Patients in North Wales


Alison Halford:

What will the Minister be doing to ensure that north Wales cancer patients have the same transport assistance to that currently enjoyed by south Wales people via the successor body to the Cancer Care Society, which recently received £40,000 from the Welsh Assembly Government? (WAQ17133)

The Minister for Health and Social Services (Jane Hutt):

I was pleased to be able to provide a one-off payment of £20,000 each to the new organisations which were set up in Mountain Ash and Merthyr Tydfil to take over the transport services and drop-in centres threatened by the pull-out by the Cancer Care Society. These sums helped the new organisations, which bring together local people, voluntary organisations and the statutory services, to bridge a short-term funding gap. I released the funding against receipt of robust recovery plans which showed a reasonable chance of a long-term future for the new organisations, including secure, stable core-funding arrangements. I shall judge any future similar situation on its merits, wherever it occurs in Wales, and subject, of course, to funds being available at the time.

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