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I wasn’t consulted over hotel security: Sutton

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer says neither he or his public health team were involved in the running of the state’s bungled hotel quarantine system.

Brett Sutton told a Victorian parliamentary inquiry he was informed of the coordination of data, the coordination of welfare support for medical and nursing staff as well as some issues relating to the subcontracting of health services.

But Professor Sutton said the hiring of security guards, which is believed to have led to infection control breaches, he was not consulted.

“I was not involved in any of that decisionmaking whatsoever,” he said under questioning by Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan.

“I can’t speak to the broader department, I was not informed of it and I wasn’t asked for advice.”

Mr Sutton said he was sure senior people from the Department of Health and Human Services were involved in the bungled program.

“I can only speak to my involvement and it wasn’t in relation to the contracting of security guards.

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