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NEW Positron Emission Tomography scanners will be purchased for health services across the state, including Ballarat base, if the Labor Party is re-elected to the state government.

The PET scanners worth a total of $44million will go to eight hospitals, and Labor candidate and Wendouree MP Juliana Addison said the imaging equipment will benefit the whole region.

“We already have these fantastic PET scanners which diagnose cancer, heart disease and epilepsy in Bendigo and Geelong, but it’s fantastic that they are now in Ballarat,” she said.

“It will streamline care. This will reduce wait times to obtain this important diagnostic information. It’s going to deliver better outcomes for Ballarat’s patients.

“Each machine costs $5.5 million, so this is a significant investment in our hospitals.”

The local PET scanner would be the first available in Ballarat’s public health sector.

Ripon Labor candidate Martha Haylett said local PET would impact people far beyond Ballarat.

“This will benefit communities across the Ripon electorate; Maryborough, Beaufort, Ararat,” she said.

“So many people rely on PETs and they will be able to do it closer to home now that we are announcing it if they are re-elected.”

Premier Daniel Andrews said it would improve the capabilities of health service providers across Victoria.

“Having access to a PET scanner close to home makes a huge difference for patients and their families. This means answers and, above all, faster access to life-saving care,” he said.