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Are the NSW Liberals setting themselves up for a flogging over radiotherapy in the SE

Dear Beagle Editor,

On Monday 31 October ABC SE Radio Breakfast (8:30 News) reported that yet again our Local Health District bureaucrats have given a flat ‘NO’ to including the overwhelmingly needed radiotherapy services into the precinct of the New Eurobodalla L4 Regional Hospital (at planning phase now, with construction work due to start shortly before the elections in March 23).

The money to build is there, courtesy first of the former (Liberal) Federal Minister for Health ($4M) in 2020 and now of a generous $8M recently confirmed from Federal Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips MP.

This is alongside the obvious opportunity to re-allocate the substantial current annual costs of out-of-area patients referrals, transport, and accommodation to cover the day-to-day expenses incurred for providing this service locally: A ‘no-brainer’ as many have observed.

With a Regional Petition now totalling near 5,500 speaking LOUD AND CLEAR for both Bega Valley and Eurobodalla communities, and a response from the NSW Health Minister due in the next 2 weeks, Southern NSW Local Health District’s Chief Executive Margaret Bennett has most likely been asked to cushion the shock of the forthcoming negative and in-denial response from the Minister to the Petition.

This is a Minister who said on the same ABC SE Radio on September 1:

“It is my absolute priority to ensure that, no matter where you live in our State, you have access to the health services that you need and deserve”.

Bronwyn Taylor, NSW Minister for Regional Health

Accordingly, the Head Petitioners serve public notice through Southern NSW Local Health District to the Minister: By refusing the Community’s wishes, do not delude yourself that you will be achieving the beginning of the end. Rather, consider it as merely the end of the beginning.

We solemnly vow now to all those thousands of signatories, all the local New Hospital supporters and the entire community most especially our long-suffering local cancer patients and their wonderful frontline medical carers, that we have no intention of letting up or going away for one moment. In this we are implacably resolved.

Fitzroy & Mylène Boulting

Head Petitioners, Petition for Local Radiotherapy Services,

Co-founders ONE New L4 Eurobodalla Regional Hospital Advocates Group.

Above: With tomatoes at the ready there is little doubt the Minister for Health will receive a cold reception over the failure of his government to pay respect to the SE community advocacy for already funded radio therapy for the region.


NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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