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Cancer Registry seeking additional funding for system support

The CRS went live in the summer of 2017 and the issue was raised at the February meeting of the NCRI Board.

“The request for new resources is simply seeking approval for an additional developer from the Department of Health as the guarantee/support provided by the consultancy firm who developed the CRS system has expired,” a spokesperson for the NCRI told the Medical Independent (MI).

“The cost of an additional developer is expected to be approximately €45,000-€50,000.”

The February meeting also heard that the NCRI is working on a business case to be presented to the Department of Health requesting capital investment at NCRI’s headquarters in Cork.

The spokesperson told MI that this case would not be finalised before the end of the year.

“The business case requesting capital investment at the office has not yet been made to the Department of Health,” said the spokesperson. “This is in relation to plans for a new office layout, which will not happen in 2018 so it is not an immediate requirement.”

The NCRI Board also discussed at the February meeting closer “collaboration” with the Irish Cancer Society in the coming period.

 “Collaboration with the Irish Cancer Society as referred to in the minutes is just to communicate with them when we have a new report to publish and to give them a couple of weeks notice so that they can prepare for any expected media queries arising from NCRI publications,” according to the NCRI spokesperson.

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