Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 3335..
The Assembly met at 10.30 am.
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The Clerk: The following petition has been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Stanhope , from 278 residents, requesting that the Assembly ensure that resources for the ACT's public oncology services be fully maintained and that resource allocation decisions be based on present and future patient needs rather than on financial or administrative decisions.
The terms of this petition will be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate Minister.
The petition read as follows:
To the Speaker and Members of the Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory:
The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that ACT cancer patients, their families, friends and residents generally are concerned that the ongoing Budget cuts imposed on ACT public hospitals will reduce the invaluable facilities and services provided by these hospital's devoted Oncology Units. Around 600 new cancer cases present each year and approximately 1 in 4 ACT residents will develop a cancer in their lifetime.
Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to ensure that resources for the ACT's public oncology services are fully maintained and that resource allocation decisions are based on present and future patient needs, as assessed by the professional staff of Oncology Units, rather than on financial or administrative considerations.