Cancer patients urged not to miss out on winter fuel payments - McEldowney

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CANCER patients in the Mid-Ulster area are being urged to check if they are eligible to receive a £100 winter fuel payment.

Magherafelt councillor Kate McEldowney is urging patients to check with their GP’s incase they are missing out.

The Sinn Fein councillor said; “Those who are eligible for this payment should have been notified by their GP but cancer suffers should have a look at the criteria and if they think they may be eligible then get in touch with your GP.

“There has been a lot of work and campaigning gone into ensure this extra support for those who have suffered cancer, particularly by the Pink Ladies group in Derry, and I would hope that anyone that is eligible would not fail to make the most of this opportunity.

“It’s tough times for many people in Ireland at the moment and the additional financial burden and physical effects for those who have endure cancer and treatment underline how valuable aid like this can be.”

Eligible patients are: People who have received surgery for cancer within the qualifying period 13 June 2011 to 18 December 2011;

People who have received radiotherapy, chemotherapy or palliative care for cancer within the qualifying period 13 June 2011 to 18 December 2011; or

People for whom a decision is made, during the qualifying week of 12 to 18 December 2011, to provide treatment for cancer in the form of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or palliative care.