Public meeting to secure regions radiotherapy unit
Push to force NSW Government to commit to cancer care THE 13th day of July falls on a Friday. A Lismore lobby group is labelling it "Black Friday or Bust". Yesterday that group, working with The Northern Star in the Cancer Care for the Base campaign, met to plan an agenda for a public meeting in the push to secure a radiotherapy unit for the region. Currently cancer patients in the Northern Rivers are forced to endure regular long trips to the Gold Coast for treatment. A planned Stage Two of the Lismore Base Hospital upgrade, including a cancer clinic, remains in limbo, with the Commonwealth threatening to withdraw around $8 million in funds if NSW can't commit. "If it doesn't go ahead it will be a cruel blow to present and future cancer sufferers in the region" said Marshall Fittler of Regional Community Watch. Mr Fittler was joined by Joan Roots from the Country Women's' Association and 17 year olds Jessica Hayley and Keeghan Silcock. About 12 guest speakers, including doctors and politicians, would be invited to the meeting at the public meeting at Lismore Workers Club on Friday 13.