Courtesy of The Australian newspaper…
PM’s cancer bungle costs lives
Today’s announcement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard that she has found a cure for cancer comes as a slap in the face of families who have lost loved ones to cancer in the last day.
While a cure for cancer is welcome news, many are criticizing the government for the delay in sharing the discovery. One of the victims of this bungle is Jan Medleson, whose husband John lost his battle with cancer in Newcastle Hospital at 10.15am Tuesday morning, less than an hour before Ms Gillard’s press conference announcing her breakthrough. Doctors estimate some 500 people could have died of cancer in the 22 hours between the first call for a press conference and the announcement finally taking place.
During a fiery Question Time this afternoon, opposition leader Tony Abbott choked back tears as he recounted Mrs Mendleson’s story. “This is the human face of this Prime Minister’s bungling. This man is not alive today because the Prime Minister didn’t give us the cure for cancer when she found it. Instead the Prime Minister was worried about how to get the best play on the evening news. She played politics with this man’s life, reducing him to a prop in her desperate power games,” said a clearly moved Mr Abbott as he displayed a life-size cut-out of Mr Mendleson on a defibrillator.