Doctors stood down over Ebola investigation

TWO Queensland doctors have been stood down from duty as an investigation into the handling of last week’s Ebola scare at Cairns Hospital continues.

The two doctors were stood down with full pay pending an investigation into how information was leaked to the media during the recent case of Sue Ellen Kovack who sparked an Ebola scare when she recorded an elevated temperature after returning from a 30 day stint in affected countries.

After being isolated, she tested negative to the deadly disease.


The Department of Health appointed an independent panel to review the handling of the recent infectious disease case, with the Department’s Chief Operations Officer Dr Michael Cleary to commission the panel and finalise its terms of reference.

Dr Cleary said he would seek the participation of experts in the field of infectious disease management and clinical governance. Legal counsel will also be appointed.

“The investigation will also consider how information about infectious diseases should be communicated to the public, particularly in circumstances where community concern is elevated,” Dr Cleary said.

“As this is our first case of a healthcare worker with a potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) infection we believe it’s important to review all processes in order to continue to deliver quality healthcare.”day stnig