ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson is calling on Katy Gallagher to apologise to the patients whose cancer treatment was reportedly changed at short notice to fit in with her media schedule. Mr Hanson said it is unacceptable for the Health Minister to prioritise her photo opportunities over the patients she represents.
“On two separate days in August, cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy reportedly had their treatment times changed at short notice so Katy Gallagher could conduct a photo opportunity at the Canberra Hospital Radiation Oncology Department,” Mr Hanson said.
“A patient I spoke with was very upset and angry that her treatment time was changed after she had already made arrangements, and said that other patients were also upset and inconvenienced.
“The Health Minister should understand that patients come first and should immediately apologise to those who were inconvenienced because of her photo opportunity.
“I make the guarantee that if elected in October, patient treatment will never be disrupted to make way for a photo opp,” Mr Hanson concluded.