State Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp is calling on the Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard to hold one of the Government’s palliative care roundtable in Newcastle.
The Government is currently rolling out a series of Palliative Care Roundtables in NSW at Broken Hill, Tamworth, Kiama, Queanbeyan, Griffith, Kempsey and Lismore. Currently there are no Roundtables planned for Newcastle or the Hunter.
Mr Crakanthorp, who was successful in stopping a proposed change to the Calvary Mater after hours palliative care service earlier this year, was shocked to discover that such a major regional palliative care area has been missed in the Roundtables.
He has called for the Government to revise its plan and hold a Roundtable for Newcastle.
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
“The need for palliative care services in Newcastle is strong. With a growing and ageing population across the Hunter, we need more services available.”
“Earlier this year, the Calvary Mater were looking at altering the existing after-hours palliative care service and the response from the community and staff was swift. It is such an important area of health care to Newcastle and the Hunter.”
“The Minister was keen to listen when it came to the Calvary Mater issue. He must recognise the need for a Roundtable in the city’s second biggest city is crucial when planning the NSW Government new strategy for palliative care.”