The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said news that the State Government is in negotiations with GenesisCare to fund public patients at their privately operated radiotherapy clinic is a positive step forward towards public patients having access to radiotherapy services in Shepparton.
Construction has commenced on the GenesisCare run radiotherapy facility in Corio Street and Ms Lovell has continuously called for recurrent funding from the Andrews Labor Government to ensure radiotherapy treatment is accessible to all, including public patients.
In an answer to a question by Ms Lovell to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos, the Minister stated that “the Department of Health and Human Services is in negotiations with GenesisCare to support public patient access to radiotherapy treatment at this facility at no out-of-pocket cost…”
Ms Lovell’s long-running campaign for radiotherapy to be made available to both public and private patients in Shepparton appears to be bearing fruit with the Government’s newfound interest in the needs of cancer patients in the Goulburn Valley.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“I welcome the commitment private health provider GenesisCare has made to deliver radiotherapy to the Goulburn Valley and I am excited to see construction of the facility underway.
“In the last four years, I have raised the need for radiotherapy services to be available in Shepparton over 50 times in Parliament, highlighting the need for the Andrews Labor Government to provide recurrent funding to GenesisCare so that public patients can also access this life-saving treatment.
“News that the Government is negotiating with GenesisCare to provide this funding is a positive step and I look forward to a firm commitment from the Minister to provide funding to allow public patients to access radiotherapy services at GenesisCare’s Shepparton facility.”
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