A man who was denied a second entry to meet his wife before brain surgery due to COVID-19 measures

Men who are denied admission to a hospital in Western Australia (WA) are denied visiting their wives before and after brain surgery due to WA’s new strict COVID guidelines.

For Gary White, this is the second nearly identical case after being previously rejected by hospital guards for not showing evidence of vaccination.

This is because prior to March 3, unvaccinated visitors could not be hospitalized unless they were considered “required visitors” and did not include spouses, but Gary was granted tax exemption. am.

Now, since March 3, when Western Australia reopened its borders, the rules have expanded and the Government of Western Australia has ordered hospitals to enter the “red” warning phase, related to vaccination status. Not required and rejected all non-essential visitors.

And, due to changes in the rules, Gary was reassessed that he was no longer eligible to see his wife, despite regular visits until the day before March 2.

“To be honest, I can’t think of any words to explain it. Every time I think about it, I just want to shed tears,” Gary told The Epoch Times.

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Gary White and his wife, Jane. (Gary White)

Gary explained that her first surgery hospitalization was to get rid of a tumor in her brain. However, the discovery of MRSA infection after her surgery meant that her wife had to return to remove part of her skull.

Gary couldn’t stay with his wife before surgery, despite the extremely stressful situation, and may not be able to see him for up to six weeks while he is currently recovering in the hospital. He said he was worried about it.

“My poor wife has had brain surgery and now has MRSA … and I have to do this again, and she can find out that her loved one is there. I can’t see her supporting her, as it is, it’s just wrong, “Gary said.

A spokesman for Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth said he adhered to the rules outlined by WA Health to reduce the risk of COVID entering the hospital.

“Mr. White’s wife has had surgery, but she’s not in danger,” a spokesman told The Epoch Times in an email.

“Visit restrictions help limit patients’ exposure to COVID-19 during our care.”

However, the fact that the rules prohibit individuals from visiting husbands and wives in hospitals while allowing nightclub meetings is confusing to medical professionals.

Dr. Mark Duncan Smith, WA President of the Australian Medical Association, has named the rule “bureaucratic absurdity” under the leadership of WA Prime Minister and Labor Party Leader Mark Duncan.

“I call on the McGowan government to immediately include spouses and partners as important visitors so that these people can be with their loved ones in times of illness or illness.” Said Duncan Smith. Media conference..

“Under the current arrangement, my 80-year-old grandmother cannot visit her husband who has a heart attack, but she can go to a nightclub on her way home. This is adjacent to a bureaucratic absurdity and I We urge the government to fix this immediately. “

The Epoch Times contacted the Government of Western Australia but did not receive a response in time for the announcement.

As of March 4, the state has recorded 2,137 new cases, for a total of 9,660, with 21 remaining in the hospital.

Daniel Kumerev


Daniel Khmelev is a Perth-based Australian reporter working on energy, technology and politics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics and computer science. Contact him at [email protected]