By Todd Muller
We all know someone who has gone through the cancer journey. The thousands that turn out to some of the Bay’s cancer fundraising events show just how much this disease impacts our lives.
The Papamoa Night Walks and Hot Pink Walk, which get bigger year on year, is testament to the support.
At our National Party conference in Christchurch last weekend, our leader Simon Bridges outlined National’s plan for cancer care. Cancer is the biggest cause of death in New Zealand. It knows no boundaries and strikes in many forms and everyday 60 New Zealanders will be diagnosed with the disease. By putting more money behind this disease we can ensure life-saving cancer drugs go to those who need them.
That’s why we have announced a policy which would invest an extra $200 million over four years for PHARMAC to fund cancer drugs. We have committed to introducing a National Cancer Agency, where medical experts and clinical professionals will deliver better diagnoses, better access and better treatment for cancer sufferers across New Zealand.
The agency will be involved in prevention, screening and treatment. New Zealand is a world leader in research and innovation, so the centre will also facilitate research so that in the future we can prevent cancer and treat it more effectively.
It will ensure that no matter where you live in New Zealand you will get the same standard of care. Too often people in regional New Zealand are disadvantaged because they don’t have access to the same services as those in our biggest cities. Now everyone will have the same ability to get treatment and diagnoses will be made earlier.