Liz Rummery, Tony Abbott, Chris Crawford and Thomas George inspect construction work on hospital extensions in Laurel Avenue.
Liz Rummery, Tony Abbott, Chris Crawford and Thomas George inspect construction work on hospital extensions in Laurel Avenue.

Minister supports public cancer unit

By Jane Gardner

FEDERAL Health Minister Tony Abbott yesterday supported calls from the medical community to get a public cancer care unit built at the Lismore Base Hospital, after inspecting the proposed site on a whirlwind visit to the region.

Mr Abbott, who has been highly critical of the State Government's commitment to the facility, promised he would not allow $8 million in Federal Government funding for the unit if it would be a private service only.

North Coast Area Health Service chief executive Chris Crawford took the opportunity to show the Minister work had begun on stage one of the hospital redevelopment, reassuring him the State Government was making progress in getting stage two, the cancer care unit, started.

Mr Abbott was in Lismore on his annual Pollie Pedal charity bike ride, and to open a new medical training facility opposite the hospital.



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