29 Jul 2020

Returning Kiwi asking for compassion in managed isolation

From First Up, 5:52 am on 29 July 2020

A Kiwi in the UK forced to return home due to a medical condition says she cannot afford to pay for managed isolation when she returns and is calling on the government for compassion. Mel Sloan was bedridden during the lockdown due to athritis and was forced to undergo surgery to fuse her neck or face losing the use of her legs. She's now lost her teaching job and says she doesn't have the money to pay for the suggested isolation charge of $3000 per person, which would be three-quarters of the cost to the taxpayer of about $4000 per person. Indira Stewart spoke to Mel about her situation.