NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says it’s “bitterly disappointing” a number of medical professionals allegedly ignored a direction to self-isolate in hotels after returning to Australia from overseas.
Seventy-seven medical professionals were advised by NSW Health that they were required to self-isolate at a Sydney hotel upon their arrival from Chile on Friday night, according to NSW Police.
Police say officers worked to obtain public health orders enforcing their self-isolation at a hotel but when they returned to serve the orders a short time later, 33 had left.
Six were found at Sydney’s domestic airport terminal and were served their orders, but the rest are believed to have travelled to their onward interstate destinations.
Hazzard on Sunday said it was “bitterly disappointing that they actually chose to ignore what is a safety measure that is for themselves and for others”.
“They are the people who you would expect to know better than anyone else,” Hazzard told reporters.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller also said doctors should know better.
“My understanding is that the orders hadn’t been served on them at the time so we may not be able to issue them with infringements, we are looking at that,” Fuller told reporters on Sunday.
He understood all 77 medical professionals were in self-isolation, either in Sydney hotels or their own homes.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also weighed in on Sunday, saying the medical workers “did the wrong thing”.
“Law enforcement authorities will be following up those matters across jurisdictions,” Morrison said