A furious Brett Sutton has been caught throwing a complete hissy fit

Victoria's chief medical officer Dr Brett Sutton was furious after learning he had been cut out of the crucial decision to implement the state's disastrous hotel quarantine program.

The hissy fit was exposed after Dr Sutton was made to hand over a series of emails he had failed to cough-up during the public inquiry into Victoria's COVID-19 hotel quarantine efforts.

The inquiry came to a close last month without ascertaining who actually made the decision to employ the private security guards that caused Victoria's second deadly wave of COVID-19. 

Victoria's chief medical officer Dr Brett Sutton was rightfully annoyed when he found out he had been cut out of the decision making process on what to do with returning travellers

Victoria's chief medical officer Dr Brett Sutton was rightfully annoyed when he found out he had been cut out of the decision making process on what to do with returning travellers 

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Board of inquiry chair, retired judge Jennifer Coate, handed the interim findings to Governor Linda Dessau this month

Board of inquiry chair, retired judge Jennifer Coate, handed the interim findings to Governor Linda Dessau this month

Dr Brett Sutton was not impressed at being left out of the hotel discussion

Dr Brett Sutton was not impressed at being left out of the hotel discussion 

Health minister Jenny Mikakos resigned soon after and Premier Daniel Andrews' right hand man Chris Eccles quit.  

It can now be revealed health department secretary Kym Peake quit the same day Dr Sutton made his second affidavit to the inquiry. 

The disastrous hotel quarantine scheme cost the state about $195million and the lives of more than 800. 

In an email sent to Euan Wallace - who replaced Ms Peake  as the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - on April 13, Dr Sutton expresses his displeasure at being left out of the loop. 

'Operation Soteria was — as an illustration — set up and put into place through EMV / State controller without even getting my approval or even input,' he wrote.

'Annaliese was similarly excluded. That, in and of itself, is astounding to us. It was seen as an almost wholly logistic exercise and had EM governance without an understanding of where accountability sat, or perhaps should sit.'

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Dr Sutton had been asked to handover the emails after it was revealed he had been told about the quarantine plans on the day they were conceived. 

The Board gave him just seven days to submit a second statement explaining his previous evidence that he was unaware private security had been used in hotels until much later. 

Tony Neal QC, the counsel assisting Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry, said the emails had not been produced by Victoria's health department despite it being asked to hand over everything that related to the program.

When questioned about the email exchange last month, Professor Sutton told reporters the detail had 'not registered' with him.

Kym Peake fell on her sword the same day Dr Brett Sutton provided a new statement to the inquiry

Kym Peake fell on her sword the same day Dr Brett Sutton provided a new statement to the inquiry 

Victoria's disastrous hotel quarantine program caused COVID-19 to break loose into the community and killed hundreds of elderly people

Victoria's disastrous hotel quarantine program caused COVID-19 to break loose into the community and killed hundreds of elderly people  

Victoria is preparing to take on international arrivals, which will be housed again at hotels and at home

Victoria is preparing to take on international arrivals, which will be housed again at hotels and at home

Recommendations for hotel quarantine 

Hotels be sufficiently placed close to a hospital

Be within commuting distance for adequate numbers of skilled workers

Allow for the physical separation of people

Properly implement all necessary infection control requirements

Capacity to make necessary modifications and additions to minimise the risk of transmission

Provide safe access to outside areas for fresh air and exercise breaks

Provide for specific needs such as mobility issues or the need to cater for infants

 

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Dr Sutton had initially told the inquiry he believed private security was the 'wrong cohort' for the state's bungled hotel quarantine scheme. 

'The mandatory quarantine regimen was a policy recommendation of National Cabinet, for all jurisdictions to put into place under relevant legislation. For us, that means that the CHO nominates and authorises an authorised officer to write a direction,' Dr Sutton continued in the email.

'In this case, Annaliese wrote the direction so was effectively the 'maker' of the entire scheme and has responsibility in law for it. 

'I agree that everyone is trying to work constructively in this space. But there is clearly a disconnect with our EM colleagues, perhaps especially in EMV who understood their role as controller of the scheme and effectively excluded those with significant accountability.

'That is a source of unease - moral and legal! Happy to chat through further when

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