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Cancer Petition (5 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-December-2013  11:55:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people pointed out that OCAU member Supersize is doing it tough, with his wife having a rare type of cancer. The strange thing is that there is an extended delay for surgery which, although not without its own issues, can save people's lives in cases like this. This is partly due to a recent change to interstate patient transfers and a limit on number of operations. NSW Health Minister, Mrs Jillian Skinner said on 15th October 2013 that "Until recently patients were also being accepted from interstate and overseas, but that practice has now stopped." There are a limited number of doctors in Australia that can perform this surgery. Hospitals with experienced doctors, like the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, have waiting lists compounded by a limit to the number of surgeries they are able to perform, they perform only 12 a year.

So, there's an online petition to change the system and hopefully save more lives. More info on Facebook, this website and of course this OCAU thread.



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