A Daley Labor Government will provide $2.7 million to fund a cancer treatment day unit which will include three chemotherapy chairs at Singleton Hospital.
Labor leader Michael Daley MP and Country Labor candidate for the Upper Hunter, Melanie Dagg made the announcement today.
It was in response to a community based campaign to improve treatment and support for patients and their families undergoing chemotherapy and cancer treatment.
It also follows Labor’s earlier election commitments for more than 10,000 additional nurses, health and hospital staff.
The service will help take the strain off major hospitals in the Hunter New England Health District, and allow local patients to be treated in their community rather than travelling to Newcastle.
Currently cancer patients in Singleton must travel to Newcastle or Muswellbrook to receive chemotherapy treatment. Under Labor’s plan, eligible patients who have had their initial chemotherapy consultation and treatment with an oncologist will only need to travel to Singleton Hospital to take advantage of a new day-therapy centre situated within the hospital.
The cancer treatment day unit will be made up of three chemotherapy chairs in space which will be made available by the hospital. Once open, it will have adequate space for up to three patients at any given time.
Mr Daley said the service was badly needed after the eight long years of the Liberals and Nationals ignoring the calls from the local community.
“The Liberals and Nationals simply have the wrong priorities. They are down in Sydney spending $2.2 billion on demolishing two stadiums while Singleton patients miss out,” Mr Daley said.
Ms Dagg said that the coming NSW election would be a referendum on health and hospitals in the Hunter region.
“We know the Liberals and Nationals tried to privatise health in the Hunter before, we know they’ll try it again if they are re-elected. Labor will always fund public healthcare, and put patient care before private profits,” Ms Dagg said.