Labor slashes millions from cancer treatment

Daniel Andrews’ funding cuts to health have hit a new low, with confirmation during Question Time that $45 million has been cut from cancer treatment targeted at Victorian children.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos confirmed that $45 million previously promised for a Proton Beam Therapy Centre has been scrapped, despite $7 million being spent on planning and a business case.

In July 2016, then Health Minister Jill Hennessy spent $38,922 in taxpayer funds to visit the Proton Beam Therapy cancer treatment facility at Skandion Clinic in Uppsala, Sweden and while touring the construction of University College London Hospital’s Proton Beam Therapy Centre, made a $50 million announcement towards establishing a National Proton Beam Therapy Centre for the treatment of cancer in Melbourne. 

At the time of the announcement, Minister Hennessy said “children with cancer will benefit the most from proton beam therapy as they may have the greatest long-term harm from conventional radiation therapy.”

At the same time, the Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, Frank McGuire travelled to America to visit Proton Beam Therapy Centres in Houston, Texas and Boston Massachusetts – at a cost to the taxpayer of $26,320.

Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:

“Cancer treatment, especially for Victorian children has now fallen victim to Daniel Andrews’ inability to manage money.”

“Daniel Andrews’ slow go approach with a business plan taking years to complete has cost the state a significant investment in cancer treatment.”

“When it comes to Labor’s health funding crisis, don’t listen to what Labor says, look at what Labor cuts.”

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