Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called out the Victorian Health Minister for trying to wash her hands of any responsibility for the provision of radiotherapy services for Goulburn Valley Health.
Ms Lovell – who has been a long-time advocate for radiotherapy services to be provided at GV Health – has raised the need for radiotherapy with both the federal and state health ministers, and said that provision of this service at Goulburn Valley Health is ultimately the responsibility of the state.
Ms Lovell said that, while the Federal Government provides funding to the states and territories for public hospitals, the responsibility for the management of the public hospital system – including the planning and placement of radiotherapy services – rests with the states and territories.
“In the case of Goulburn Valley Health, the responsibility for the decision to plan and place radiotherapy services is quite clearly with the Victorian Government; however, there is no mention of radiotherapy services in the Victorian Government’s masterplan for Goulburn Valley Health,” Ms Lovell said.
“Rather than accept responsibility and take action, the Victorian Health Minister has instead said she will just ‘advocate to the Commonwealth’.
“This is not the outcome that Greater Shepparton and Goulburn Valley residents need.
“We do not need a Minister who is looking to pass the buck on such a major issue, and we certainly do not need vague promises that the Minister will ‘explore what more can be done in respect of radiology services at Goulburn Valley Health’.
“There is no need for the Minister to ‘explore’ – she has been very clearly told, time and time again, that what is needed is a commitment from the Victorian Government to provide radiotherapy services at Goulburn Valley Health, in addition to the current redevelopment.”