Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp, has today welcomed the palliative care roundtable to Newcastle following strong advocacy on this issue with the Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard.
There has been a heated debate on palliative care services in Newcastle throughout the year. At the beginning of this year, a plan to dismantle the After Hours 24/7 Palliative Care Service provided by the Calvary Mater in Newcastle was proposed. This after-hours service was to be replaced with a hotline which would have effectively taken away the range of choices provided to the people in need of care in their dying days.
Following Mr Crakanthorp’s lobbying, the proposition to dismantle the After-Hours Palliative Care Service provided by the Calvary Mater, was abandoned.
In April, the State Government announced plans to hold seven palliative care roundtables, however all of them were to be in coalition electorates. Despite being the second largest city in the state, Newcastle was not included.
Mr Crakanthorp raised the issue in Parliament and lobbied Minister Hazzard to include Newcastle in this series of important events and was able to secure a roundtable for the area.
Today, he will be sitting down with Palliative Care stakeholders to discuss the needs and future of Newcastle in terms of end of life care in the region.
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
“There is a growing demand for palliative care services in Newcastle and the Hunter. With an increasing ageing population, we need more services available.”
“I am happy that my advocacy has resulted in this win for our city. I have been pleased to assist the community in getting a roundtable for Newcastle.”
“I am looking forward to sitting down with key stakeholders in the palliative care sector to discuss the future of the sector in this region.”
“Newcastle is the epicentre for all health care services in this major city and the Hunter. All people in Newcastle and the Hunter deserve access to palliative care.”