A staffer at one of Melbourne’s busiest hospitals has been sacked for an “abhorrent and disgraceful anti-Semitic” comment aimed at an illegal party that sparked COVID spreading fears.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital confirmed the comment in a statement on Tuesday.
“We are aware of a hospital support staff member who made an abhorrent and disgraceful anti-semitic comment on Facebook,” it said.
“The comment does not reflect the Royal Melbourne Hospital and our values. We do not tolerate racial or religious hatred, contempt or ridicule.
“The staff member is no longer an employee of the hospital and we apologise for the hurt and anger this has caused.
“We stand with and support our Jewish staff members, patients and community.
Melbourne had 24 more local cases on Tuesday, including three more mystery infections. Only 14 of the latest cases were in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
The latest cases came amid growing anger about the weekend engagement party in inner-Melbourne. It was attended by nearly 70 people, in defiance of Melbourne’s lockdown orders – and six positive COVID cases have already emerged from the celebration, which authorities fear might be a super-spreader event.
The party was attended by prominent members of the Victorian Jewish community, who have faced criticism from within their own community.