Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton requested an urgent review of the state’s hotel quarantine program after he was sidelined by bureaucrats, an inquiry has heard.
On April 9, Deputy Public Health Commander Finn Romanes wrote to senior Department of Health and Human Services staff on behalf of Professor Sutton and his deputy Annaliese van Diemen.
The email, shown to Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry on Wednesday, describes the program as lacking “a unified plan”.
“There is considerable concern that the lead roles have not had an opportunity to be satisfied there is a policy and set of processes to manage the healthcare and welfare of detainees, for whom this program is accountable,” Dr Romanes wrote.
“There are now considerable complexity and considerable risk that unless…