Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced he intends to return to work before the end of the month after he received some promising news from his medical team. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Andrew HenshawSource:News Corp Australia
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced he intends to return to work before the end of the month after he received some promising news from his medical team.
Mr Andrews, who has been on sick leave since he broke his back after falling down the stairs at a vacation home on the Mornington Peninsula on March 9, said he looked forward to returning.
“I cannot wait to get back to work, fit and healthy – and getting things done,” Mr Andrews said in a statement on Saturday evening.
“This week I had another round of scans and a meeting with my care team at the Alfred and got some good news.
“The broken vertebra has almost fully healed and they’re letting me take off the back brace that I’ve had to wear for the last three months.
“The six broken ribs will take a while longer to finish healing and doctors tell me that between the ribs and getting used to not having the brace on, the next couple of weeks will be a painful adjustment.
“But overall, I’m feeling good and I’ve been given the all clear to return to work on Monday, 28 June. I’m looking forward to it.”
Mr Andrews’ deputy, James Merlino, has been acting as Premier since the accident and has overseen the state’s response to an ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
In his statement, Mr Andrews thanked his wife Cath, his children and his medical team. He also thanked Mr Merlino and praised him for his leadership.
“And finally, a special thanks to the tens of thousands of Victorians – especially all the kids – who’ve sent cards and letters and emails,” Mr Andrews said.
“Your kindness and concern is the best medicine – thank you so much!”