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11/09/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole

SIPTU Nursing Sector launch Pink and Blue power campaign

This week, SIPTU Nursing Sector launched the Pink & Blue Power campaign, a potentially life-saving breast and prostate assessment service for members of the SIPTU Nurse & Midwife Income Continuance Plan with Cornmarket.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Kevin Figgis, said: “Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women in Ireland with 1 in 9 women diagnosed at some stage in their lives. Prostate Cancer is the second most common cancer in men in Ireland with 1 in 7 men diagnosed during their lifetime. Following a high level of cancer claims in the Plan, SIPTU Nursing & Midwifery Sector, together with Cornmarket, negotiated this benefit on behalf of members.”

He added: “As a result, in 2019/2020, eligible members can avail of this service as an added benefit of their SIPTU Nursing & Midwifery Income Continuance policy. Thousands of eligible SIPTU Nurse & Midwife members will be invited to attend their assessment, on area by area basis. Invites will be posted directly from the policy provider to members based on where they work.”

How the service works:

The service has been built by an excellent team of medical professionals, specifically for female members under age 50 and male members aged 40 – 65. There is currently no official national prostate or breast assessment service available in Ireland for these age groups (BreastCheck, the national breast cancer screening programme is only available for females over age 50).

The initial GP assessment only takes 15 minutes, but it could save a life. The cost is fully covered under member’s policies’. Assessments can be booked easily online once invites are received.

For members who require further investigation, they will get a rapid referral to the participating private hospitals. The cost of the follow-on consultation and any scans or biopsies required will also be covered, if a member doesn’t have health insurance.

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