Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp has welcomed the news that the proposed plan to dismantle the after-hours Palliative Care Service provided by the Calvary Mater Hospital, will not be put into place.
Earlier this year, Mr Crakanthorp was contacted by concerned residents who worked at the Calvary Mater Hospital that the 24 Hour Palliative Care Service was going to have the after-hours visits replaced with a telephone hotline.
The doctors and nurses of over 400 palliative patients were worried that the closure would take away the choices for patients on where and how they will end their lives.
Mr Crakanthorp took this issue to Parliament and met with the Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard.
Following this meeting, Mr Crakanthorp was advised that the Palliative Care Service will remain as is.
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
“When I raised the issue with Minister Hazzard, he seemed as concerned with the situation as I was. I am glad that common sense has shone through.”
“This is a win for common sense, the staff at the Calvary Mater and the vulnerable patients that were at risk.”
“Death is not limited to the hours of 9am – 5pm and patients do not choose when or how they die but they should be able to choose where.”