More doctors to join radiotherapy clinics,advance treatment of chronic diseases in WA
More doctors will be joining radiotherapy patients in WA to advance treatment of acute and chronic diseases, the WA Government announced today.
Key points:The Government announced yesterday it was expanding its radiotherapy network and increasing the number of doctors who will treat people with chronic diseasesIt also announced it was raising the amount of radiotherapy appointments it would be able to offer each yearThe State Government has been facing criticism for not providing enough support for radiotherapy doctors in the past yearIt will now be able provide radiotherapy specialists with more appointments and greater funding, the State Government announced.
“The WA Government’s plan is a significant step in the right direction to support the WA radiotherapy community, with more doctors joining their ranks and more doctors being trained to help with acute and long-term care,” Minister for Health Andrew Prichard said.
“It will also help us ensure patients with chronic conditions get the best care they can get.”
The State is also increasing the amount it can offer radiotherapy to people who need to be treated with radiotherapy.
It will be able offer radiographers up to six appointments per year, and up to 25 radiotherapy specialists a year.
The WA Radiotherapy Board will now have the power to award radiotherapy and other specialist training grants to hospitals and clinics, and to encourage radiotherapy services.
“This will ensure radiotherapy is provided to patients with the best possible care, and in some cases will also increase the number and quality of radiographs done,” Minister Prichards statement said.
The State Health Minister said the Government would be making further announcements in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, radiotherapy will continue to be offered in WA hospitals and primary care clinics.
“We have a huge health care system and we need to support radiotherapy, we need people to get the treatment they need,” Mr Pricharding said.
“This plan will allow us to do that.”
If we do not see that change, then I am confident we will not be able in the future to be able maintain that level of care.
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