Health Minister admitted to hospital

Health Minister Greg Hunt has been admitted to hospital and will be kept overnight, becoming the third cabinet minister to face health issues.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has been admitted to hospital, his office has confirmed.

Mr Hunt is suspected to have an infection and is being kept overnight for observation.

The 55-year-old has been given antibiotics and fluid as a precaution and is expected to make a full recovery, his office said in a statement.

Mr Hunt and Department of Health secretary Brendan Murphy were among the first to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination at a Melbourne clinic on Sunday.

“His condition is not considered to be related to the vaccine,” his office said in a statement.

After receiving the vaccine Mr Hunt spoke about its importance.

“Vaccinations save lives and protect lives,” Mr Hunt said.

“Whether it’s smallpox, measles, mumps, rubella, hooping cough, influenza, and now COVID-19, vaccinations can save lives and protect lives.”

Mr Hunt is responsible for federal health issues including the rollout of the vaccine in aged care facilities. He is also the Aged Care Minister.

He has served as Federal Health Minister throughout the coronavirus pandemic, having stepped into the role in 2017.

Mr Hunt is the third Morrison government minister to take leave due to health issues.

Attorney-General Christian Porter is on indefinite leave after the fall out over a historical rape allegation, which he has strongly denied.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds extended her medical leave until April 2 after being assessed for a pre-existing heart condition.

She was admitted to hospital on February 21 on the advice of her cardiologist.

Ms Reynolds cancelled a speech to the National Press Club after intense scrutiny over her handling of rape allegations raised by former staffer Brittany Higgins.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said earlier on Tuesday, before Mr Hunt’s hospitalisation, he had a strong team that could cover the absences of Ms Reynolds and Mr Porter.

“The great thing about my team is one of my team, in this case, the Attorney or indeed the Defence Minister, if they’re unable to do their duties currently for health reasons, then I have wonderful people I can turn to,” he said at the Australian Financial Review business summit.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne is filling in for Ms Reynolds and Employment Minister Michaelia Cash is taking on Mr Porter’s responsibilities.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews was also admitted to hospital on Tuesday, later revealing he was intensive care.

Mr Andrews broke several ribs and damaged some vertebrae after falling on some stairs, and will remain in hospital for the next several days.

He was due to be transferred to the Alfred Trauma Centre on Tuesday evening.

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