Shorten promises $125 million for cancer care centre in Penrith

Labor Leader Bill Shorten speaking with patients in Penrith. Photo: Melinda Jane
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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has visited Lindsay for the first time during the election campaign to announce funding for a new cancer care centre at Nepean Hospital.

Labor will provide $125 million for a new Comprehensive Cancer Centre to be built from 2025, covering 50 per cent of the total estimated cost.

Comment is being sought from the State Government by the Weekender over whether it would agree to fund the other 50 per cent.

Mr Shorten visited the Derby Street Family Medical Centre with Lindsay Candidate Diane Beamer to talk up his health commitments.

The new Cancer Centre would include:

• The latest treatment technologies.
• Clinical rooms and treatment areas which are easily accessible to patients and their families.
• A higher number of rooms for inpatients.
• Dedicated space for world-leading research.

Bill Shorten in Lindsay today. Photo: Melinda Jane

Labor will also deliver $2.5 million for Hawkesbury Hospital’s Emergency Department, to help the hospital cope with increased demand and reduce pressure on Nepean Hospital.

Mr Shorten, who met with cancer patients during his visit to Penrith this morning, said Labor was in a position to make “real change”.

“We need to make sure Nepean Hospital gets the investment it deserves,” he said.

Mr Shorten deflected questions on why the project would not commence until 2025.

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