North-West Coast Patients Being Ignored

North-West Coast Patients Being Ignored

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff

More Excuses For North-West Coast Cancer Patients

Victor P Taffa

Cancer patients are none the wiser on a start date for radiotherapy services, with yet another excuse now being offered, Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff said.

“Now, the Health Minister says she’s waiting on the clinical plan before providing a start date for services that her own Expert Panel says are needed now.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“Ironically, five years ago the 2007 Clinical Plan recommended the Department of Health undertake a feasibility study into a North-West radiotherapy service.”

“The Plan stated: “On a population basis, the North-West will generate sufficient patient demand to support a single machine service” and recommended this service be developed as a regional outreach service of the Holman Clinic at the LGH.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“If the former Minister now Premier, Lara Giddings, hadn’t ignored her own Plan, Coastal cancer patients could be undertaking radiotherapy closer to home, instead of being forced to travel to treatment.”

“The time for excuses is up. Radiotherapy services must be up and running the minute the Cancer Centre is built and opened.  No more excuses.  No more delays.” Mr. Rockliff said.