Monday, June 14, 2021

NSW Health Minister ‘extremely angry’ with Liberal Party over vaccine report

A media report critical of the NSW vaccine rollout has sparked a furious response from the state’s health minister directed at his Liberal Party colleagues in Canberra.

Brad Hazzard said he was “extremely angry” over the report, which claimed that his health officials had only managed to get about half of vaccine doses delivered by the federal government into people’s arms.

“I am as angry as I have ever been in these 15 months of war against this virus,” Mr Hazzard said on Wednesday.

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He and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian both appeared to blame the federal government for the story’s source material, exposing a rare rift within the Liberal Party.

“I am extremely angry and I know there are other health ministers in the country who share similar views, state and territory health ministers,” Mr Hazzard said.

“It is not appropriate that we wake up and find figures put into the media that haven’t been shared with any state or territory governments. It is not appropriate that those figures be put in a light that is misleading.”

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian, too, was disappointed, calling the report “misleading” and the situation “extremely unfair”.

Both said they’d drawn the conclusion the news article was sourced from numbers provided by the federal government, and questioned why their colleagues in Canberra would try to undermine their COVID-19 response.

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