Hospital lab staff furious at TB exposure
A LABORATORY assistant at Cairns Hospital has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, forcing about 80 co-workers to undergo testing and possible treatment.
Staff are furious about being exposed to the infectious disease since the man started working for Queensland Health about three months ago and all new employees must be screened for tuberculosis before they start work.
A Pathology Queensland colleague, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of being sacked, said authorities were "sweeping it under the carpet like it's nothing".
"This person has come from a high-risk area. He should not have started work until he was cleared," the insider said.
"When he came to work he had a productive (phlegmy) cough and all of us noticed. So now 80 of us, plus the general community, have all been put at risk."