A Queensland doctor has been slammed by the state’s Deputy Premier for allegedly providing misleading information on his border declaration pass.
The 38-year-old man from Rockhampton is also accused of failing to go into hotel quarantine after returning from a Melbourne COVID-19 hotspot on July 12.
It’s understood he believed he was exempt from going into isolation because of his profession as a doctor.
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The man reportedly touched down in Queensland from Melbourne on July 12 and has since been forced into 14 days in hotel quarantine since the discovery.
He has also been fined $4003 for lying on the border declaration pass, which Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles described as “very disappointing”.
“This isn’t good enough from anyone, let alone a health professional,” Minister Miles told reporters on Thursday.
“Someone who should know the risks, someone who should know better.
“It’s really disappointing, frankly, to have a medical leader lie to us in order to get around these COVID restrictions.
“They should know that these restrictions are in place to keep Queenslanders safe, to keep them safe, to keep their own patients safe.”
Minister Miles said this case should “send a strong message to everyone in the community that the police are checking”.
“If you lie, if you break these restrictions, the penalties are very significant,” he said.
“I know that having to go into quarantine is an inconvenience for some, but nobody is above these rules, no matter what their profession.”
It’s not known if the doctor treated any patients after arriving back in the sunshine state.