An overseas Australian MS patient being denied an exemption to quarantine in her own home upon arrival is "just another sad and sorry chapter" in the Palaszczuk government’s double standards on exemption pleas, says Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates.
Samantha Lakey, who travelled to Russia to receive treatment for multiple sclerosis, said she was at a loss amid her pleas with the Queensland government to receive an exemption to quarantine in her own home.
Ms Lakey told Sky News the QLD government had given her two options for quarantine once she returned to Australia, one of which was to quarantine in a hospital.
"It is cruel and callous, particularly in Samantha’s case and today she’s actually written to me so I’ve actually done a recommendation to the chief health officer and to the minister for health on her behalf," Ms Bates told Sky News.
"From a nursing perspective the best place for Samantha would be at home because hospitals are full of bugs."