New national infection control panel follows doctors’ row

The group will give healthcare workers more input into national guidance, and comes after a leading expert appeared to blame them for the high rate of COVID-19 cases in staff

A new national expert panel has been established to ensure front-line doctors and nurses have more say in infectious control measures in a bid to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The move comes just a few weeks after a row erupted between doctors and the Federal Government’s Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG), which flared after chair Professor Lyn Gilbert appeared to publicly blame them for the high rates of healthcare worker infection.