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Greens saddened to hear SA outback dialysis patients continue to suffer

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Sarah Hanson-Young 23 Feb 2010

The Australian Greens are saddened to hear more cases of South Australian outback renal patients being knocked back for long-term dialysis treatment in Alice Springs.

"I am extremely disappointed that after repeated calls and much media attention, the situation remains unresolved," said Greens Health Spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"We have heard that former staffer and board member of the NPY Women's Council, Nura Ward, is the latest victim of this impasse. She was recently brought to Alice Springs, about 500 kilometres north-east of Ernabella, for urgent medical treatment.

"Despite the fact that Ms Ward has family support in Alice Springs, she has been told she will have to move to Adelaide, about 1,400 kilometres south of her home, for dialysis once her condition is stable.

"This is simply unacceptable. Governments cannot continue to drag their feet on this crucial life and death issue.

"The WA and NT governments' recently struck a deal to allow interstate dialysis patients to be treated in Alice Springs, sadly however, patients just across the border on APY Lands are still missing out.

"It's about time the SA government followed the lead of their neighboring states to address this worsening crisis," Senator Siewert said.

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