The promotion of Queensland’s top doctor, Janet Young, to the noble position of the governor was overshadowed by the shocking withdrawal of the Supreme Health Officer’s successor.
Dr. Krispin Hajkowicz was scheduled to play an important role on Monday as the state prepares for the Covid-19 surge when border restrictions are relaxed before Christmas.
However, according to Health Minister Yvette Darth, highly decorated infectious disease clinicians are not promoted to that position for “personal reasons.”
In a short release released Thursday afternoon, the Minister of Health said, “We respected Dr. Hajkowicz’s decision and his privacy requirements.”
Dr. Hajkowicz was announced earlier this month as a successor to a top doctor who was hit by a pandemic. Dr. Young has declared important expertise in addressing the next phase of a pandemic where hospitals are expected to be flooded with infectious diseases.
“He has led the treatment and management of Covid’s cases. It’s no coincidence that seven of the 2048 cases have died in Queensland so far,” she said at the time.
“We are getting out of the pandemic stage of stopping the virus from invading Queensland.
“Now we’re at a point where we can’t keep it — viruses will come in no matter what we do, we need to prepare a health system.”
The announcement delivered a curve ball to senior bureaucrats and health officials on Monday, along with staff from the Queensland Parliament, who are busy preparing for Dr. Young’s grand oath as governor.
Peter Aitken’s Deputy Chief Health will serve until a permanent replacement is appointed.
Covid-19 Qld: CHO Jeannette Young’s replacement withdrawn for “personal reasons”
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