The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has used question time in State Parliament to demand the Andrews Labor Government provide funding to private health provider GenesisCare that will allow public patients to access radiotherapy at the new facility due to open in Shepparton on Monday next week.
Ms Lovell directly questioned Health Minister Jenny Mikakos on the issue, highlighting the failure of the Andrews Labor Government to reach an agreement with GenesisCare despite the Minister telling State Parliament eight months ago that they were in negotiations with the health provider.
In response to Ms Lovell’s questions Ms Mikakos failed to provide a guarantee of funding to GenesisCare, leaving Goulburn Valley patients in need of radiotherapy in limbo.
The Minister’s failure to provide funding to GenesisCare has caused great uncertainty amongst public cancer patients who just want the ability to access this life-saving treatment in their hometown.
Her lack of action is indicative of the Andrews Labor Government’s complete disregard for the health needs of the Goulburn Valley community.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Eight months has passed and with five days until the GenesisCare radiotherapy facility opens its doors the Andrews Labor Government and this incompetent Minister have failed to ensure that public cancer patients can access this life-saving treatment in Shepparton.
“Ms Mikakos has completely failed cancer suffers throughout the Goulburn Valley and I demand she provides immediate recurrent funding so that GenesisCare can deliver radiotherapy to all patients, both private and public, that require it.”
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