Damage is Done: Training Program for Cancer Doctors May Never See the Light of Day Following Rauner’s Crisis
Chicago, IL — A medical training program in Springfield that was axed at the beginning of Bruce Rauner's manufactured budget crisis may never see the light of day. The program at the Springfield campus of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine would have trained the next generation of doctors in cancer diagnosis and treatment management.
It now faces an uncertain future at a time when oncologists are sparse around the country and especially across Illinois. The loss of this program could threaten the timeliness of treatment for patients at Springfield hospitals like Memorial Medical Center and HSHS St. John’s Hospital. Both hospitals are owed tens of millions of dollars by the state — $120 million and $55 million respectively.
Rauner’s 736-day crisis also cut into the SIU School of Medicine’s budget as a whole. The school was forced to make steep budget cuts, slashing doctor's pay by 5 percent with several surgeons and other specialists jumping ship as a result.
“Medical training programs shut down, doctors left our state, health centers closed because of Bruce Rauner's budget crisis, and the fallout continues," said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. "Now, a training program for cancer doctors may never see the light of day. Illinois can't just pick up where it left off two years ago when Bruce Rauner decided to wage war on this state. Rauner’s damage is done and it’s time for new leadership.”