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NCCP continuing to explore additional funding possibilities

By Paul Mulholland - 10th Jun 2024

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The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) is continuing to liaise with the HSE to determine if additional funding for cancer strategy-related initiatives will be made available, according to a spokesperson.

The NCCP executive management team (EMT) discussed the issue at a meeting in March.

According to meeting minutes, there was no update on the possibility of extra funding for national cancer initiatives through this year’s HSE National Service Plan (NSP).

The NCCP spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI) that throughout the year, the Department of Health may inform the HSE about
the availability of additional funds for various national strategies.

“The NCCP is continuing to explore this potential for cancer strategy-related initiatives,” the spokesperson told MI when asked for an update on the issue.

In February, MI reported that members of the NCCP EMT highlighted their concern about the lack of funding to support the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 late last year.

The NCCP EMT meeting in March also discussed the recruitment to consultant posts.

Members were informed that the NCCP is working with the HSE Chief Clinical Officer and HSE National Human Resources to clarify the status of posts funded under previous NSPs.

The Programme spokesperson told MI that consultant positions allocated under previous NSPs are continuing to be recruited.

“The recruitment process for consultants can take a considerable time,” the spokesperson said. “In many instances, positions are filled on a temporary basis by a locum appointment.”

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