Cancer Services down South needs help!

I work in Flinders Cancer Clinic, the only Major public oncology service down south.

We are grossly understaffed and can not get approval for more FTE for consultants - in fact we are losing consultants and new patient spots.

We have patients that require urgent review and cancer treatment planning after diagnosis, and these patients can sometimes wait weeks to months. We are not meeting standards of seeing patients within time frames because of staff shortage.

The shortage of doctors to see the patients is just part of the problem. We have expanded our chemotherapy unit to include more beds, and have also opened on a Saturday, but we can still not keep up with demand.

A cancer diagnosis is an already stressful time for a patient, a delay in seeing an Oncologist just adds to this distress.

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