The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has continued her calls for the Andrews Labor Government to provide financial support to ensure that any radiotherapy services established in Shepparton are made available to both public and private patients.
In a constituency question in State Parliament this week to the Minister for Health, Ms Lovell has sought a commitment from the Government to provide recurrent funding to any private service provider that establishes radiotherapy services in Shepparton to ensure such treatment is accessible to all patients.
Ms Lovell has long advocated for the need for radiotherapy to be available in Shepparton for local cancer patients who currently have to travel long distances to receive this life-saving treatment, having raised the issue in State parliament some 55 times over the last four years.
The Labor Government has failed to build a public radiotherapy service in Shepparton and in the event that a private health provider steps in and establishes a private radiotherapy clinic, the State Government will be required to help with funding to ensure the treatment is available to all cancer patients, whether they are public or private.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The entire Goulburn Valley community realises that radiotherapy services are needed in Shepparton to avoid local patients having to travel long distances to receive this life-saving treatment.
“I have raised the issue in Parliament more than 50 times, telling the personal stories of local cancer patients and urging the Government to build a public radiotherapy service in Shepparton.
“In the absence of any public facility, it is time the Andrews Labor Government provides an undertaking to financially support any private provider through recurrent funding so that any radiotherapy service is readily available to both public and private patients.”
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