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The Government has failed again.


Whilst Margaret Bansemer was in the Royal Adelaide Hospital being assessed for what could be CJD the Infectious Disease Control Division within the Department of Health (Dr Cathy Mead) was informed that there was a likely case of CJD. Margaret was discharged from hospital with the full knowledge of the Department of Health that failed in their duty of care to inform the family of the NHMRC guidelines that the Government has produced for this purpose.

For the first few months our family was exposed to a transmissible and infectious disease whereby the mode of infection is not known.

By suspending access to the Fund the family is now unable to properly manage the care of Margaret in the manner proposed by the Government in the establishment of the Trust Fund and there is no control on the potential spread of the disease to the wider community.

The Government has said that it does not have a duty of care to have informed the family of the potential risk. They are Public Servants and they do have a duty of care to the Australian Public. It is irresponsible to suggest otherwise. Shame!

Where is the Minister of Health and Family Services in this debacle?