'Back off': AMA calls for stop to attacks on Queensland's CMO
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for personal attacks on Queensland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Jeanette Young to stop after she came under fire over the state's funeral exemptions policy.
"We have seen quite a lot of personal attacks on our chief health officer," AMA Queensland's Vice President Professor Chris Perry said.
"She is a woman, she is very highly qualified, but the stress is on her and all we can say is back off."
"We think this chief health officer is doing a great job. Of the chief health officers in Australia, she is probably the one they look up to the most.
"Leave her alone, she is doing a good job, we support what she is saying and doing."
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The public defence comes after Dr Young was heavily criticised for refusing to allow a young Canberra woman an exemption from the state's strict border closure to attend her father's funeral, even after Prime Minister Scott Morrison weighed in.
Images of her clad head-to-toe in full PPE for a police-escorted private viewing of her body were shared widely.
Mr Morrison said he was "mystified" by the decision.
Queensland records zero new COVID-19 cases
Queensland has recorded zero new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, in a "fantastic day for the state", Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.
This comes after 4793 tests were conducted.
The total number of active cases stands at 30, with 1149 people diagnosed with the coronavirus since January.
There have been 48 coronavirus cases linked to two outbreaks in Brisbane, with 25 cases associated with the Queensland Corrective Services Academy and 23 linked to the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre in Wacol.
Despite promising figures, Mr Perry said the concern of a second wave remains.
"Victoria is a stark example of what can happen if we lower our sights too quickly," he said.
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Mr Perry joined the Queensland deputy premier at this morning's press conference to express support of strict border measures.
He said the state will not back down on its funeral protocol.
"Do we want more people attending funerals, or do we want more COVID-19 funerals?" he asked.
"We are doing a very good job in this state."
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said Queensland's borders may not be open by Christmas, despite calls from Mr Morrison to relax the travel restrictions earlier.
"The LNP is running a campaign to reopen the border between NSW and Queensland," Mr Miles said.
"I'd like to have the borders reopen by Christmas, but only if it is safe, not just because Scott Morrison and the LNP want them to."
Border decisions would be based on advice from Queensland Health, he said.