Allina Health’s chief executive, Dan Patrick, has denied a report in the Australian that he was part of a company’s “coverup” of a deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
The ABC has obtained emails from the company’s management that raise questions about the extent of Mr Patrick’s involvement with the crisis, including an apparent admission that he had received a direct order from senior management to cover up the outbreak.
The emails, which have not been previously reported, show the company was aware that the first cases of Ebola were coming from West Africa, and that it was “extremely concerned” about it.
This was confirmed in early October when we received a very large shipment of cases from the United Arab Emirates. “
We knew that it could spread to other regions of the world.
We were also concerned that it might be a potential outbreak of West Africa.” “
We were very concerned and were actively looking at the possibility of a spillover.
We were also concerned that it might be a potential outbreak of West Africa.”
Mr Patricks email was obtained by the ABC by a freedom of information request.
The CEO said he did not recall any of the conversations with Mr Patricon.
Mr Patrick was the chairman and chief executive of the Australian arm of the company, Allina, from 2008 to 2014.
A statement released by the company on Tuesday said the emails show that Mr Patrisons role in the company and the way it handled Ebola was “very limited”.
“The emails show the CEO of Allina was involved in an email exchange that may have been private and confidential,” the statement said.
Allina Health has apologised for any damage done and has promised to work with the health department and the Australian Federal Police to ensure it is “fully held to account”.
Mr Patrich has denied any knowledge of the outbreak, but said he was “distressed and concerned”.
Mr Patterson said on Tuesday he did “not recall any” conversations with the CEO.
But he said he had not spoken to the CEO about the Ebola situation during his time as CEO.
He said he is still “disturbed and concerned” by the crisis and has been “doing everything I can to help”.
Allinas CEO on Ebola: ‘There was a very serious problem with Ebola’ “We are very focused on making sure that we are prepared to respond appropriately, so that when a case does come to Australia, that we have the necessary support, that the response is quick, and then that the disease is contained as quickly as possible,” he said.
Topics:health,diseases-and-disorders,health-policy,emergency-health-and,government-and ofcom,human-interest,australiaFirst posted November 21, 2019 12:57:35Contact Andrew McManus”
What is important to understand is that our response is about protecting our people and the public, and we are committed to doing everything we can to minimise that risk.”
Topics:health,diseases-and-disorders,health-policy,emergency-health-and,government-and ofcom,human-interest,australiaFirst posted November 21, 2019 12:57:35Contact Andrew McManus