Mark McGowan has ‘dodged responsibility’ for COVID-19 outbreaks: AMA President

Mark McGowan has ‘dodged responsibility’ for COVID-19 outbreaks: AMA President

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Western Australia’s recent outbreaks were “all preventable” but Premier Mark McGowan was “dodging some of the responsibility,” according to Australian Medical Association President Dr Omar Khorshid.

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Three new cases of COVID-19 confirmed over the weekend included a hotel quarantine worker who had spent time in the community following their infection.


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It came after the premier plunged the Perth and Peel regions into a snap three-day lockdown over one case confirmed over the Anzac Day weekend.

Dr Khorshid said what was already known about the virus and how to run hotel quarantine meant the outbreaks were all preventable.

“WA seems to think when things go wrong, they don’t need to make changes; that’s a very disappointing attitude,” he said.

Dr Khorshid said the recent outbreaks coming out of hotel quarantine clearly showed there needed to be a national conversation about the future of quarantine.

“We’re going to need it for years, and now is the time to start building the appropriate facilities around the country,” he said.

“The federal government doesn’t seem interested at this stage. I hope the Western Australian government doesn’t feel it’s off the hook just by pointing the finger at the federal government.

“There is no doubt that there is only one government responsible for the lockdown we just had in Perth and the ongoing restrictions.”

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