Deputy Prime Minister of Queensland unleashes at Scott Morrison after criticizing the border being closed
The Deputy Prime Minister of Queensland has been unleashed against Scott Morrison after wondering why a pregnant woman at the border had to fly to Sydney for treatment before losing one of her unborn twins.
Steven Miles, the deputy leader of the state, said on Saturday that the prime minister should focus on “ the things he is responsible for, such as international borders, such as aged care, such as supporting the Victorian government in their response. ”
Mr Morrison had previously asked for an explanation as to why a woman from northern New South Wales had to wait 16 hours for a flight to Sydney after pregnancy complications when the Brisbane facilities were two hours away.
Mr Morrison said he was heartbroken that Kimberley Brown (pictured, with her partner), from Ballina, North New South Wales, lost their child
He said the prime minister should not “give lectures to those states that have so far kept COVID very well informed and are doing their utmost to keep their communities safe in a continuous way.”
Mr Miles added that the situation of the woman was a “very tragic, very personal affair” and that the border restrictions were “clear” that those in need of urgent medical care would not be stopped.
‘I can assure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure that these boundary restrictions do not restrict patients [needing care]. If there’s a communication problem south of the border, I want to fix it, ”he said.
Mr Morrison had previously said he was heartbroken that Kimberley Brown, of Ballina, in the north of New South Wales, could not get a travel allowance for emergency surgery.
Her unborn twins had developed twin transfusion syndrome – a condition that leads to malnutrition and organ failure in one of the babies.
Mrs. Brown lived only two hours from Mater Hospital in Queensland, but instead had to wait 16 hours for an emergency flight and travel 750 kilometers to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.
An ultrasound later showed that Mrs. Brown had lost one of the babies.
Steven Miles (pictured) said on Saturday the prime minister should focus on ‘the things he is responsible for, such as international borders, such as aged care, such as supporting the Victorian government in their response’
The couple were forced to get an emergency flight from Lismore to Sydney despite living just two hours from a Queensland hospital
Mr Morrison attended the Bush summit in Cooma on Friday and said the border closures caused more problems for families.
‘It is unthinkable. To know that this family has had to deal with border permits at a time when only one thing should have been important, and that is the health of this young child, ”he said.
‘I know that state borders put a lot of pressure on the Australians.
‘We need to establish these principles to mitigate the impact of these restrictions. We need to put aside the disagreements we have about this and make arrangements that may be workable and that also protect people’s health.
THE CASE OF MS BROWN
August the 8th – Queensland closes its borders to NSW
August 12 -Kimberley Brown and her husband Scott are told that their twins have developed a rare condition and that the life of one of the babies was at stake.
August 13 – Mater Hospital tells Ms. Brown to apply for a border exemption, so they decide to travel to Sydney. They wait 16 hours for a flight.
August 14 – Medics perform laser surgery on Mrs. Watt.
August 27 Mrs. Brown finds out she lost one of the babies after an ultrasound.
Mr. Morrison said he understood the need for border closures when there were reports of high COVID-19 cases in neighboring states.
Although he said there was no excuse to shut them down when things were low.
“ Much more needs to be done to make these border movements easier and ultimately to make sure they are open again, ” he said.
While the magnitude of the Victorian outbreak meant that the borders between NSW and Vic were unfortunately necessary – and they have been and remain – this does not alter the principle that border restrictions, especially where there are no or very few cases in regional areas, are not cannot and must not be sustained.
‘Australia was not built to have internal borders. The point of federation was not to have them. ‘
Mrs. Brown’s father, Alan Watt, said the ordeal was extremely painful for the family.
“We don’t blame anyone for what happened. It’s just one of those things that happen.
‘We just hope [the other unborn child] makes it through to a happy ending. ‘
Mr Morrison had previously asked for an explanation of why the northern New South Wales woman had to wait 16 hours for a flight to Sydney after pregnancy complications when facilities in Brisbane were two hours away.
Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was not involved in individual cases and the state was always ready to help families in need of urgent care.
“We are very compassionate in this state,” said Ms. Palaszczuk.
“If there’s anyone who needs emergency care, if they need a helicopter to fly to one of their hospitals, that’s what will happen.”
Queensland Health said it had not received a formal transfer request and the final decision to transfer Ms. Brown was made by NSW clinicians.
“We offer our deepest condolences to this family,” said a Queensland Health spokesperson.