Public Sector EBA & Cancer Crisis Update
We wrote to Ted Baillieu inviting him to address the EBA report back meeting on the steps of Parliament House on Wednesday 24 October 2012.
Members from Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute went on strike from 12.00 noon and marched to Parliament House to demand that the Baillieu government fix the cancer crisis in Victoria, and to honour the offer which was made to settle the EBA.
Peter Mac member were joined by more than 200 other members from other hospitals and health services in all disciplines including pharmacists, scientists, dietitians, genetic counsellors and psychologists, all of whom work with cancer sufferers.
Ted was a no show.
However we had a great line-up of other speakers, including the Leader of the Opposition Daniel Andrews, Shadow Minister for Health, Gavin Jennings and Greens Member of the Upper House, Colleen Hartland. All the MPs condemned the Baillieu government for its failure to address the cancer crisis in Victoria caused by the shortage of diagnostic physicists and radiation oncology physicists.
Colleen Hartland has called on the Premier to put in the $2 million dollars needed to fix the cancer crisis.
Ms Hartland took the opportunity to question David Davis in the Upper House on Wednesday.
She questioned the Minister for Health on why he wasn’t acting on the issue and extending the negotiations unnecessarily. To see his response go to: http://vicmps.greens.org.au/content/hartland-calls-2m-fix-cancer-services-crisis
She also talked about the issue in a statement made about the Hospital governance performance: http://vicmps.greens.org.au/content/hartland-outlines-governments-multiple-failures-hospital-system
Lisa, a very brave cancer survivor, brought a personal face to the discussions outside Parliament on Wednesday. Lisa spoke to the crowd about her own experiences, and reminded us of the human face of cancer. Footage of the rally is available on our website at www.msav.org.au
You can also click through to the petition from the website www.msav.org.au or go to: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/ted-baillieu-no-medical-physicists-no-radiotherapy-vic-cancer-patients-deserve-better
Or : http://bit.ly/CancerCrisis
You can remind Ted Baillieu that we are not going away – and neither is the cancer crisis.
You can send him a personal message on the petition site.