Shepparton’s new state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre opens its doors today, but public cancer patients continue to wait in limbo for access to life saving treatment.
Privately owned company Genesis Care will be begin treating patients in the $11 million facility, however, it is continuing to negotiate a deal to allow free access for public patients.
Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the Department of Health and Human Services negations were almost complete to ensure public patients gained access to treatment without being left out of pocket.
“We know how important it is for our families living outside of Melbourne to be able to access the health services they need, closer to home,” Ms Mikakos said.
“We have been working on a deal to ensure public patients in Shepparton have access to GenesisCare’s radiotherapy services, with no out-of-pocket expenses.”
However, Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said the Minister had “failed” cancer sufferers in the region.
“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 Lovell said.
“I demand she provides immediate recurrent funding, so that GenesisCare can deliver radiotherapy to all patients, both private and public, that require it.”
The facility will begin care this month, however. will wait until February to host an official opening.
Genesis Care general manager Shane Ryan said the discussions with the government were “looking overwhelmingly positive”.
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