Radiotherapy unit on track: Meagher
By EMMA O'NEILL
STATE Health Minister Reba Meagher has assured the Northern Rivers the NSW and Federal governments will not break their promise to fast-track a radiotherapy unit for Lismore Base Hospital.
Ms Meagher said the State Government, which pledged $12 million for the radiotherapy unit, was keen to 'tie down' the new Federal Government, which pledged $15 million during the election campaign to ensure it was up and running as fast as possible.
When asked by The Northern Star for an indication of when the radiotherapy unit would open, Ms Meagher could not give a date, but said she knew it was 'important' and plans would be carried out in the 'most timely fashion'.
This statement was made as Ms Meagher toured the new $39 million Mental Health Unit at Lismore Base Hospital, due for completion at the end of March.
The Mental Health Unit is part of stage one of a three-stage total redevelopment for the hospital.
Manager of Integrated Mental Health Services for the Richmond Network Jill Wiese also toured the construction site yesterday.
Ms Wiese, who will be managing the new unit when it opens, said she was looking forward to having access to almost double the number of beds currently being used at the Richmond Clinic and opening a new unit dedicated to Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Before donning a hard hat, Ms Meagher visited Coraki and inspected some of the worst-affected flood areas.
While praising flood recovery efforts, Ms Meagher acknowledged the impact of such a disaster could have adverse effects on people's mental health.