Labor is hopeful that 2016 will be the year the Government finally delivers on their promise for a PET scanner in the Northern Territory.
Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare Catherine King today visited the Alan Walker Cancer Centre in Darwin with local Member for Solomon Luke Gosling, to discuss the importance of the PET scanner and investment in the Centre.
During the recent federal election campaign, Labor committed $15 million to bring a PET scanner and related equipment to the Centre. Labor is pleased that the Liberals matched this commitment – and as a result, locals fully expect the Government to deliver a PET scanner in the near future.
“Luke Gosling’s determined advocacy ensured that a Shorten Labor Government would fund a PET scanner for the Territory,” said Ms King.
“We were glad when the Liberals matched our commitment, however we will keep the pressure on to ensure that the PET scanner is actually delivered to the local community.”
“It’s now more than two months since the election, and I’ll keep knocking on the door of the Government to make sure they deliver on this commitment,” Mr Gosling said.
“We’ve seen the Liberals promise a PET scanner twice before, in 2010 and 2013, but fail to deliver. This year can’t be more of the same record.
“I’m glad our Shadow Health Minister Catherine King could join me today to look at the fantastic work the Alan Walker Cancer Centre is doing, and to monitor the progress of the PET scanner to our community.”
Labor has a strong record of delivering for the Alan Walker Cancer Centre. The last Labor Government delivered over $19 million to build and equip the Centre, and opened the Centre in 2010. More detail on Labor’s commitment to bring a PET scanner to the Centre is available here.
TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2016