BAILLIEU MUST COMMIT BUDGET FUNDING TO CANCER CENTRE

BAILLIEU MUST COMMIT BUDGET FUNDING TO CANCER CENTRE

Posted on 31. Mar, 2011 in News

Each year nearly 2000 Victorians will have to travel to other hospitals to receive their cancer care, because of the Baillieu Government’s refusal to fund the last stage of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said today.

Mr Andrews today added his name to the petition, signed by thousands of Victorians, urging Mr Baillieu to do the right thing and fund the remaining stage of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in the upcoming May Budget.

“Anyone who has been touched by cancer knows how devastating it is for patients and their loved ones,” Mr Andrews said.

“That’s why the previous Labor Government invested $93.9 million in the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital and promised $44.7 million at the last election to complete the centre.

“Mr Baillieu has refused to commit to this important project.”

Shadow Health Minister Gavin Jennings said it was time the Baillieu Government stopped playing politics with cancer.

“Cancer affects one in three Victorians. About 70 Victorians a day are newly diagnosed with cancer – that is 500 people a week, 26,000 people a year,” Mr Jennings said.

“And sadly 10,000 Victorians die each year of cancer and hundreds of families in Melbourne’s north would have improved access to cancer services if the Coalition stepped up and committed to funding stage 3 of the centre.

“The centre will deliver 32 haematology beds, 32 oncology beds, and 28 palliative care beds,”
Mr Jennings said.

“This purpose-built, dedicated cancer centre will provide the latest treatment to patients, and will also be home to many important clinical trials.

“The new centre would consolidate existing cancer services, currently delivered across several campuses, under the one roof.

“The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre will be home to four oncology bunkers and three linear accelerator machines, providing the best cancer treatment to patients.”

All Victorians are urged to show their support by joining www.facebook.com/FundONJNow

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