Today’s “announcement” that the NT Government has set money aside to operate the majority Federally funded PET scanner and cyclotron facility will of course be welcomed by Territory cancer sufferers but it is astounding that the Gunner Government even considered not operating the new state of the art facility for political reasons.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has slammed the Territory Labor Government for seeking credit for something that all Territorians rightly expect the NT Government to deliver.
“It is astonishing that Michael Gunner actively considered playing with people’s lives by simply leaving the new PET scanner and cyclotron empty and cancer patients without treatment,” Senator Scullion said.
“Today’s Labor media circus is proof that the Gunner Government thought it was only an ‘optional extra’ to actually operate the new PET Scanner and it is now sadly obvious that Michael Gunner only decided to fund the facility’s operations to get political mileage out of it.
“While we all know Michael Gunner is preparing us for a painful 2018 Labor Budget, the Territory deserves better than this spin from the out of touch Gunner Government.
“The CLP at a Territory and Federal level fought hard to deliver the $15 million federal funding required to build the new PET scanner and cyclotron to ensure Territorians are provided the best cancer services possible.”
The PET Scanner Project includes the development of the PET Scanner facility itself, but also the development of an associated cyclotron facility and an expansion of cancer treatment at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre (AWCCC).
The new cyclotron facility will include the cyclotron bunker, radiopharmacy, quality control, storage and related staff facilities and will enable the isotopes needed for the PET scans to be produced locally.
The new PET scanner and cyclotron means Territorians will be able to remain closer to their loved ones during such a stressful time and not have to travel interstate for treatment.
The expanded chemotherapy capacity at Alan Walker will include 12 new chemotherapy chairs, an expanded waiting area, a treatment room, new consulting rooms, a medication room, an allied health office and development of related support areas including storage and amenities. The new chairs will accommodate more than 300 additional chemotherapy patients