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Echonetdaily was contacted anonymously last week with concerns relating to students who were coming from Sydney to train in the local area health facilities, including local hospitals, without quarantine.

Director of clinical operations for the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) Lynne Weir responded to these concerns stating that ‘Junior doctors coming to NNSWLHD from other locations in NSW or interstate are subject to self-isolation and/or health screening requirements as with all staff working for NSW Health.

‘Anyone directed to self-isolate for 14 days, including health staff, must do so under the Public Health Orders and are not permitted to travel.

‘Northern NSW Local Health District has undertaken screening and risk assessments for all junior doctors coming on rotation to our hospitals this term.

‘We will also be conducting additional assessments during orientation on Monday, 3 August to ensure our medical officers are complying with the most recent NSW and Queensland hotspot advice, including the need to self-isolate if required.’

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  1. Well, to my mind it’s the “self-isolation and/OR health screening” that is concerning, when it is well understood now that infected cases often show no symptoms, while still being infectious. I would have hoped Lynne Weir would be aware of that, and act to make mandatory isolation the rule.
    It might be inconvenient for these students from high risk areas, but it may well be lethal for their patients.
    This seems to be in accordance with that fool Murphy’s cavalier attitude to risk which might impact on economic considerations.
    Cheers , G”)


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