Victoria's top health bureaucrat Kym Peake resigns following coronavirus hotel quarantine inquiry

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The head of Victoria's health department, Kym Peake, resigns "to pursue other opportunities", less than two months after facing the state's hotel quarantine inquiry.
The head of Victoria's health department has resigned "to pursue other opportunities", less than two months after facing the state's hotel quarantine inquiry.

Key points: Kym Peake told DHHS staff she was leaving the department after "deep reflection"

Kym Peake told DHHS staff she was leaving the department after "deep reflection" She was one of a number of bureaucrats asked to provide extra evidence to the inquiry at last month's extraordinary sitting

She was one of a number of bureaucrats asked to provide extra evidence to the inquiry at last month's extraordinary sitting Her deputy, Euan Wallace, will take over the role from Tuesday

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) secretary Kym Peake came under fire at the inquiry for refusing to accept blame for the ill-fated program, claiming it was not solely her department's responsibility.

Ms Peake told the inquiry the program was run across multiple government departments despite evidence at the inquiry stating the public health administration body was in charge after the program was established.

During two days of at-times heated questioning, Ms Peake said it was a "matter of profound regret" that Victoria experienced a second wave.

"Kym Peake, who has served in the role for the last five years, has decided to step down from the position to pursue other opportunities," the Government said in a statement on…
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