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“ONE” Hospital Advocates launch Radiotherapy Petition for South East

The Beagle Editor, This Saturday, weather permitting, the next phase of the continuing campaign

by “ONE” Hospital Advocates Group and the community to ensure the delivery of an

appropriately resourced level 4 Eurobodalla Regional Hospital will be launched via a Petition.

As with the community’s other massively subscribed Healthcare petitions, this will be

speeding like an arrow straight to NSW Parliament.

This campaign, as it has done from the start, joins the health needs of the neighbouring

communities of Bega Valley who, as patients and frontline staff know only too well, share

many of the healthcare issues in common with the Eurobodalla.

At NSW Health’s direction, SNSWLHD, the local health management’s executive, has been

adamant in denying the self-evident reality that our Region is in desperate need of locally

available Radiotherapy Services.

Anyone with friends or family members who have witnessed their loved ones, whether an

elderly relative or a mother of young children, suffer the indignities and challenges of long

journeys, from our Coastal region stretching 100s of kms from Eden up to South Durras,

involving repeated, exhausting, logistically complicated and impossibly expensive journeys

often many days and hours away from home and family, will know what an incredibly

draining and almost impossible challenge this is for the sick patient.

In 2022, is the above scenario excusable and acceptable? With even respected advocacy

organisation CAN-ASSIST’s appeals left unanswered, the background facts are damning.

With a seniors demographic that is nationally significant, and a region that was publicly

singled out by name in December 2019 by the Federal Health Minister as one among a roll-

call of Local Health Districts (LHDs) meeting the criterion for access to Commonwealth

funding for local radiotherapy, a ‘shy’ SNSWLHD eventually volunteered the information

(only after questioning from local healthcare advocates) that it had not bothered to apply

for the funding earmarked for the region and its needy patients!

Even though in that same funding program, LHDs in and outside of NSW with lesser or parity population counts applied for and were happily allocated their funding, SNSWLHD rejected the opportunity to do so on the basis that our region’s population (70,000+) was not

“viable”! At the same time, the proactive interest of two well credentialled service suppliers willing to co-locate to the new hospital site and bulk-bill was also similarly spurned!

With a new Hospital site now finally purchased (a sympathetic ‘Thank You’ to the local

Braemar Farm family) and construction planning still underway, surely the fiscally

responsible approach would be to plan in and provide for those facilities now, rather than

the much costlier option of ‘retro-fitting’? Our population is already generating

unacceptable levels of radiotherapy referrals out of the region. There is an absolute Duty of Care to our most vulnerable here that seems as clear as daylight.

“ONE” New L4 Eurobodalla Hospital Advocates


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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