Labor vow for health injection
THE NSW Opposition has continued its bid for election with an $8million funding promise aimed to combat the effects of cystic fibrosis.
While there is still no cure for the debilitating disease, statistics reveal that for the first time NSW has more patients over the age of 18 with cystic fibrosis than the number of children with the disease. More than 1000 people in NSW have cystic fibrosis, which impacts the lungs and digestive system.
NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord announced that if elected Labor will provide the additional funding over four years to employ up to 20 extra staff at the state's three adult cystic fibrosis clinics.
Mr Secord said the clinics at Westmead, John Hunter and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital treat more than 500 patients a year yet employ fewer than 10 staff members across the three clinics.
The announcement came after Westmead Hospital advised that it would no longer accept new patients after late February because of a funding shortfall.