A Warrnambool group says the south-west Victorian city is more suited to host a major cancer treatment centre than Ballarat.
The federal and state governments announced the joint funding of a $55 million regional integrated cancer centre for Ballarat yesterday.
But the Federal Government rejected Warrnambool’s bid for a $200,000 feasibility study into building a centre there.
The St John of God Hospital chief executive, Glyn Palmer, says more regional people would be able to access a Warrnambool centre.
“Warrnambool also caters in terms of medical services for patients across the border into South Australia, so if you’re looking at establishing a centre then Warrnambool is better placed than Ballarat, Geelong and others to be able to provide that regional service,” he said.