LISMORE BASE: The State Government has approved an extra $150,000 to move the long-awaited cancer care unit into the final stag
LISMORE BASE: The State Government has approved an extra $150,000 to move the long-awaited cancer care unit into the final stag

Cancer care unit moves a step closer to completion

By Jane Gardner jgardner@northernstar.com.au THE FINAL LAP in the race to build the Northern Rivers a vital cancer care unit has begun.

Yesterday the North Coast Area Health Service revealed the $32m cancer care unit, which is stage two of the Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment, has been moved into one of the last stages of planning.

The State Government has allocated $150,000 to develop a detailed plan for the facility. Even more exciting news for cancer patients is the State Government's indication the Lismore and Orange radiotherapy projects will share in $50m.

However, Federal Member for Page Ian Causley believes the radiotherapy should operate out of St Vincent's Hospital, funded with $8m from the Federal Government ? with the remainder paid for by private sector money ? provided the unit is open to public patients.

He has already negotiated with two private sector companies who have shown interest in funding the service.

"I have been dealing with the private sector interested in building an oncology unit. They are big players in medicine," he said. "I just want it up and running."

Mr Causley said he did not trust the State Government's commitment to building the facility.



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