The People Of Braddon Deserve Better Than Broken Promises

The People Of Braddon Deserve Better Than Broken Promises

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff

Government Must Come Clean Over Cancer Timeline

Victor P Taffa

Cancer Services on the North-West Coast are again being placed in jeopardy by a State Government that can’t even stick to a simple timeline, Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff said today.

“Former Premier David Bartlett told the people of Braddon during the State election “the cancer clinic will be starting to be built by the end of the year”, but was then moved to the second half of 2011.”

“Now it appears that a date hasn’t even been set, while the Government waits for an expert panel to determine how “safe and sustainable” the centre is.” Mr. Rockliff said.



“Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne previously promised the Government would seek planning approval and call for tenders while the panel was deliberating.”

“But in the wake of Premier Lara Giddings’ announcement last week of cuts to health spending, the agenda has changed again.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“Coupled with the fact that the Health and Hospital Fund is yet to officially sign off on the $20.65 Million committed for a radiation bunker and linear accelerator at the centre, residents of the North-West Coast have every reason to be concerned about the State Government’s true intentions.”

“It’s an absolute disgrace that this Labor-Green Government has again created uncertainty around its promise to deliver the services, but this is what Tasmanians have come to expect from a Labor-Green Government that has broken promise after promise.”

“Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne needs to come clean to the people of the Braddon. When is the Project going to be approved, when is work going to start, and when will residents of the North-West Coast finally have access to the cancer services that they deserve?” Mr. Rockliff asked.