Health | September 05, 2016

Kealy calls for Hamilton cancer centre funding

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP has called on the Andrews Labor Government to fund a new cancer treatment centre in Hamilton.

“All Victorians deserve to be able to access cancer treatment close to home, which is why the Labor Government must fund a new cancer treatment centre in Hamilton,” Ms Kealy recently said in Parliament.

“It is appalling that country Victorians have much higher rates of cancer, and the worst five-year cancer mortality rate in the State. Unless the Labor Government supports cancer treatment facilities in rural areas, this gap in health outcomes between city and country people will only continue,” she said.

A current cancer treatment area at the Hamilton Base Hospital offers a single cramped room with only three treatment chairs, providing little privacy for patients. Western District Health Services is proposing a new 200 square meter facility at the Hamilton Base Hospital that will house up to nine treatment bays, a dedicated consultation suite and waiting area.

“We desperately need an improved local cancer treatment centre in Hamilton to provide essential health services for the region, ensuring that locals can access the treatment they need locally,” Ms Kealy said.

“Country communities and health care professionals must have access to facilities they need to give people diagnosed with cancer the best possible treatment and care.

“Being able to receive better treatment close to home instead of travelling long distances would make a huge difference for local patients and families as they tackle cancer,” she said.

Hamilton Kangaroo Players door knocked within their local community earlier this year to raise funds in support of a new cancer treatment centre.

“We all deserve quality services, whether we live in the city or the country, and it is important county communities are provided with first-class facilities.

“I strongly urge the Andrews Labor Government to listen to locals and immediately fund the Hamilton cancer treatment centre,” she said.

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