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Wait must end for victims of BreastScreen SA error

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Government to immediately make fair and unconditional offers of compensation to victims of the Breast Screen SA failures which occurred between 2010 and 2012.

“The Weatherill Government’s treatment of victims of the Breast Screen SA errors will be considered by the Parliament Committee currently examining the chemotherapy under-dosing scandal,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“The Weatherill Government only made offers to the chemotherapy victims after the victims went public with their stories and appeared before a Parliamentary Inquiry.

“The State Liberals understand that a number of the women with cancers that BreastScreen SA failed to properly identify a number of years earlier are yet to receive similar offers.

“Victims of government health bungles – particularly people with a terminal illness - should not have to raise their issues in the media or appear before Parliamentary Inquiries in order to get timely and fair compensation,” said Stephen Wade.

“In a radio interview this morning, the Premier said he wanted his Government to be a model litigant when dealing with victims of government health errors and bungles.

“A model litigant wouldn’t make women with a terminal illness wait years to know if their suffering will be acknowledged and compensated.”

The State Liberals have been approached by a number of Breast Screen SA victims who are planning to make submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry. 

“Their treatment by SA Health raises similar issues to the chemotherapy dosing cases, particularly in terms of disclosure to and support for victims,” said Mr Wade.

“Victims not only seek compensation but to have an honest and transparent acknowledgement of their loss.

“They are hurt at the way the Weatherill Government is responding to their situation and frustrated at their inability to make contacts with other victims of the BreastScreen SA failures.”