Source: United Australia Party
Clive Palmer has welcomed the decision by the Queensland Government and Chief Health Officer to revoke fines previously applying to doctors who prescribed hydroxychloroquine.
“I congratulate the Chief Health Officer and the Queensland Government for putting the wellbeing of Australians before politics,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“The decision is welcomed as it is for the benefit of patients first. This drug will save lives.’’
Under the original Queensland Health order, general practitioners faced a $13,000 fine if they prescribed hydroxychloroquine.
Chief Health Officer (CHO) John Gerrard has now revoked the 2020 direction, stating on the Queensland Health website:
“I, Dr John Gerrard, Chief Health Officer, reasonably believe it is necessary to give the following direction pursuant to the powers under s362B of the Public Health Act 2005 to assist in contain, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.”
Mr Palmer has been a strong supporter of the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, purchasing 37 million doses of the drug for Australians at the start of the outbreak.
“The decision of the Queensland Government to correct a previous mistake in banning this drug shows courage, which is a rare thing in politics’’ he said.
“This decision will help save lives.”