“BACK OFF” Top doctors defend Qld’s Chief Health Officer

The Queensland Australian Medical Association has come out in support of the state’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young.

It comes as Dr Young continues to face scathing criticism over her controversial calls on borders and funerals, including her decision to not allow a young woman from Canberra to attend her father’s funeral with her family last week.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Australian Medical Association Queensland president Chris Perry said critics of Dr Young need to “back off”.


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“We’re an evidence-based organisation and we follow what the Chief Health Officer says,” he said.

“We believe Queensland should follow the advice of the Chief Health Officer, and if she says the borders should stay closed, we think they should stay closed.

“All we can say is back off, we think this Chief Health Officer is doing a great job… Leave her alone.”

Dr Perry said of all the Chief Health Officers in Australia, Dr Young is “highly qualified” and “probably the one they look up to the most”.

“We would prefer to have fewer funerals than to have more people at those funerals,” he said.

“I know she is under stress… There are a lot of people asking for exemptions from quarantine, or a different way of doing quarantine, and she has been very fair with that.

“It hasn’t just been footballers and wealthy people, she has been listening to people all the way through and giving exemptions when she can, when it is safe for the rest of the state to have those exemptions carried through”.

The AMA President said Dr Young has been copping a fair bit of criticism from online trolls and once again defended her decisions.

“We’re doing a very, very good job in this state. Probably because Queensland politicians are listening very carefully to a very well qualified physician,” Dr Perry said.

It comes after Queensland recorded no new coronavirus cases on Sunday.

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Morrison Govt exposed today stopping people leaving Australia for loved ones funerals.
Vic in lockdown longer due Age Care stuff up… Libs are a mess

The stuff up is due to careless ignorant individuals who transmit corona virus infections – – not Governments or clinical health directives.

I dont agree with any threats being made ,but the premier should make the final call and she is abdicating her responsibilities .We didn’t vote for a leader who cant lead and the medical officer should not be allowed to dictate rules only advise .The electorate have every right to criticise bad decisions ,and make comment ,that is a FREE Society.

Sadly most of the free society believe they know more than all the scientists and doctors throughout the world. They don’t and no one can convince them otherwise. No one likes change, especially when it is forced upon us but this is a unique scenario and we should be doing everything to ensure we stay as safe as possible. Sadly the media here prefer to seek out local cases that will whip the public into anger and outrage. That does no good other than feed the politicians. According to recent bulletins in other countries, the world is on the brink of a second wave. We are one of the few countries who are actually doing it easy in most regions and should be celebrating that fact rather than seeking reasons to whinge about just about everything.

No sympathy here. If she wants to rule her state as she has called it many times at her press conferences and make decisions to dehumanise families that are suffering loss or sickness because they live south of the border but give the green light and roll out the red carpet to the rich and famous because they have money ( her words) and also taunt our Victorian friends ( who are suffering under their gov) about the greatest game in Australia ” Yes you can come to the Grand Final but you have to fly to Northern territory and self isolate in their hotels at a minimum $2000 for your stay then we might let you into Qld which will cost you another few grand, I think that’s fair ” I’ve never heard anyone so evil towards our fellow Aussies than this woman and the government who’s letting her do it.. I’m a Queenslander and so ashamed of the way our people have been treated by these people.. I hope the new government that we vote in will lead a better example and get rid of her..

they both should be in jail