“The nurse was transferred to the United Kingdom consistent with the
guarantees secured by the Australian Government as a condition to
establishing the treatment centre… The Australian-funded [centre] has strict
infection prevention protocols in place, and the safety of staff and
patients is paramount.”
Ms Bishop added: “I thank the UK government and health authorities for their
cooperation and support in this matter.”
Mr Abbott came under criticism last year over his reluctance to send aid
workers to west Africa after requests from health groups as well as the
United States and Britain.
He said it was “irresponsible” to send personnel without guarantees about
their safety but finally agreed to staff a British-built 100-bed Ebola
treatment facility in Sierra Leone. Eighteen patients have so far been
treated and discharged from the clinic.
The outbreak in West Africa has killed 8,429 people in little more than a
year, according to World Health Organisation figures.