Ruby Princess inquiry slams ‘inexplicable’ and ‘unjustifiable’ decisions by NSW Health
Authorities made a litany of errors in their handling of the ill-fated Ruby Princess cruise ship, including NSW Health’s “inexplicable” and “unjustifiable” decision to assess the vessel as low risk.
That’s one of a raft of findings from a special commission of inquiry into the vessel’s arrival in Sydney on 19 March, when numerous contagious people disembarked at Circular Quay, and subsequently spread the virus across Australia and overseas.
After three weeks of hearings, the Special Commission of Inquiry commissioned by the NSW government and led by Bret Walker SC released its findings on Friday.
In the scathing 330-page report, the eminent barrister reserved his harshest criticism for NSW Health.
The report noted that on 10 March the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia amended its…