Sutton blames St Basil’s for Covid deaths
St Basil’s inquest: Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says order to stand down staff conditional
Victoria’s chief health officer has taken the stand to testify about decisions made around a nursing home where 45 residents died of Covid-19.
Victoria’s chief health officer expressed his “heartfelt sorrow” to families who lost their loved ones as a result of the devastating coronavirus outbreak at St Basil’s.
“I want to express my heartfelt sorrow for the suffering that they’ve gone through,” Professor Brett Sutton told a coronial inquest Friday.
Five residents at St Basil’s died of neglect while 45 died of Covid-19 at the Fawkner facility in July and August 2020 during the state’s deadly second wave.
He was probed about his decisions to stand down staff, whether he was aware of other …
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