Nurses demand apology for Blackwater bungle

NURSES are demanding the Queensland Deputy Premier, Chief Health Officer and a Labor MP apologise to the Rockhampton aged care nurse who had been linked to the now disproved Blackwater coronavirus case.

Nurses Professional Association of Queensland assistant secretary Jack McGuire said the organisation planned to send letters to Queensland Health, Dr Young, Health Minister Steven Miles and Labour MP for Keppel Brittany Lauga calling on them to apologise for their treatment of the suspended Rockhampton nurse, who has been under fire over information provided to contact tracers.

Thirty-year-old Blackwater man Nathan Turner was found dead last Wednesday and initially tested positive for COVID-19. But on Monday night further testing revealed he did not have the disease.

Ms Lauga told media outlets last week the nurse had informed contact tracers she had driven to Blackwater to "see a sunset". Ms Lauga called for the enrolled nurse, who worked at the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre, to be fined for breaking travel restrictions for non-essential travel.

 

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young have defended the government’s actions in mass testing people in Blackwater.
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young have defended the government’s actions in mass testing people in Blackwater.

Mr McGuire said he wanted Queensland Health "to investigate why there was so much detail known about our member and information that was given to contact tracers, which is strictly confidential".

"You have members of parliament briefing media about it," he said. "That's totally outrageous and potentially even breaches Section 92(A) of the Criminal Code if you dishonestly use information that you get through public office to either dishonestly attack someone or to dishonestly enrich yourself.

"You could potentially say grandstanding in the media is enriching yourself in an election year."



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