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News that Tamworth’s palliative care unit upgrade will progress under Labor has been welcomed by Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson as a big win for local advocates.

Mr Anderson said the NSW Government had committed $93 million to redevelop and refurbish palliative care units throughout the state, including the unit in Tamworth.

“Last September, I joined Friends of Nioka in calling for expanded palliative care services in Tamworth, which resulted in a commitment from the former Government of a new stand-alone unit on the Tamworth Hospital site,” Mr Anderson said.

“This would see bed numbers for the Nioka Palliative Care Unit in Tamworth more than double, ensuring the local unit meets the needs of a growing community.

“It’s welcome news that the Labor Government have agreed to continue with the delivery of the new unit in Tamworth which I know is so important to the future of palliative care for patients in the region.”

Minister for Health Ryan Park announced design work was continuing alongside several other units across the state in a media release distributed state-wide.

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring people with a life-limiting illness receive the highest quality end-of-life care, to provide peace of mind to patients, families and carers when they need it most,” Minister Park said in his announcement.

“As well as featuring the latest technology and equipment, the new Palliative Care Units will provide a comfortable and home like setting to deliver the very best clinical care and emotional support.”

Mr Anderson added that it was good to hear that the local community would be consulted before construction commences in 2024.

“I am a strong advocate for strong community consultation, ensuring local stakeholders have every opportunity to be a part of the design process,” Mr Anderson added.

“I’ll be advocating for the same to occur with our new Nioka ward, just like we did with Banksia.”

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