A Christchurch man is pleading for government officials to exempt him from quarantine so that he can see his dying wife one last time.
Mining contractor Bernie Ryan returned from Australia on Sunday after his wife Christine Taylor’s condition worsened.
He is currently under managed isolation at a hotel in Auckland, and said despite showing no illness symptoms and a letter of support from his GP, the Ministry of Health has repeatedly refused his request for exemption.
Taylor has terminal lung cancer and has been given hours to live.
Again bureaucracy gone mad.
He said the refusal was devastating.
“Well … I cried, and basically a friend suggested that maybe we can get in contact with the media and if not for me, for other people that may have to go through this scenario,” Ryan said.
He asked the government to show sympathy towards New Zealanders in similar situations.
“Well, I’m a proud Kiwi, we’re the best country in the world, just [show] some compassion … instead of these generic emails I’ve been getting, what about just some compassion? And not every case is the same is basically is what I’m saying,” Ryan said.
“It’s breaking my heart really.”
The Ministry of Health said Ryan would have received a letter explaining why his application has been declined, and its exemptions team will contact him to explain further.
This is just nasty.
If one can have 100,000 supermarket employees turning up to work every day, we can allow two dozen NZers with dying relatives visit their dying parents or partners.
The default position for anyone in this position should be they gain an exemption, so long as suitable safety precautions are adopted in terms of travel and PPE and testing.