Doctors question focus on 'underlying conditions' in COVID-19 deaths

Dr Kerryn Phelps says almost half the population has a chronic condition so the term is 'useless' in referring to coronavirus-related deaths

Doctors are calling for an end to the “damaging” and “useless” policy of publicising whether people who died of COVID-19 had underlying health conditions.   

During her daily press conferences, NSW's Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant usually details the COVID-19-related deaths in the previous 24 hours, noting the patient’s age and if they had underlying health conditions. 

But Dr Phelps, a former federal MP for Wentworth, says she had an overwhelming response to

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