p>The release of yesterday’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) confirmed the Abbott Government is cutting funding from the life-saving Cancer Care Coordinators program.
The release of yesterday’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) confirmed the Abbott Government is cutting funding from the life-saving Cancer Care Coordinators program.
Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King said the $15.1 million dollar investment for 34 Cancer Care Nurse Coordinators would have ensured rural patients diagnosed with cancer are provided with the vital information, care and support they need.
“These specialised nurses provide coordinated care for patients and their families, supporting them during a time of challenge,” Ms King said.
“Despite knowing that Australians in regional areas have a lower life expectancy and find it more difficult to access life-saving treatment the Government has decided to cut this funding.
“This decision means the Ballarat’s Regional Integrated Cancer Centre will miss out on receiving a cancer care nurse coordinator from this important program.
“Labor responded to the inequity in caner outcomes between city and country by establishing a network of Regional Cancer Centres, including Ballarat’s world-class centre.
“In stark contrast the Abbott Government is turning its back on programs that improve the experiences and outcomes for patients and their families in the region.
“Notwithstanding Tony Abbott’s promises before the election not to cut health or medical research – yesterday the Coalition revealed a series of cruel cuts that are hurting our community.”