“What I can’t do is give a cast-iron guarantee…”

The new Northern Ireland Health Minister, the DUP’s Edwin Poots, has re-introduced doubt about the proposed radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin when, during the election campaign, the NI First and deputy First Ministers’ had promised certainty.

From the BBC report

Mr Poots said he hoped to make a decision in the next few weeks.

“It’s top of my in-tray. What I can’t do is give a cast-iron guarantee without having seen all the documentation and papers around this issue,” said Mr Poots.

“Ultimately, what I will seek to do is to ensure there is adequate funding available to do this which doesn’t compromise other elements of the health service. If that is possible I will be very keen to ensure that this goes ahead.”