Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has given his support to a Labor candidate who indirectly blamed the Prime Minister for the suicide of a young Sydney doctor.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has given his support to a Labor candidate who indirectly blamed the Prime Minister for the suicide of a young Sydney doctor.

On Saturday, Michelle Ananda-Rajah, who is campaigning in the blue-ribbon Victorian seat of Higgins, tweeted: “A junior doctor took their own life in Sydney in the past few days.

“You can’t rule in or out the impact of working in an overwhelmed health system.

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“Why overwhelmed? Due to the incompetence of Morrison et al who failed at 2 critical jobs and now denies help to hospitals.”

Dr Ananda-Rajah deleted her tweet on Saturday night.

For three days Mr Albanese’s office has refused to comment on the post.

This morning, he said: “Michelle Ananda-Rajah has apologised for the tweet she made, it’s appropriate she make that apology.”

Asked repeatedly whether Dr Ananda-Rajah enjoyed his support, Mr Albanese said “she’s apologised”, eventually adding, “Yes, she’s a candidate in the election, she’s apologised”.

“It was wrong, what she did, and it was right she apologised,” he said.

Initially, Dr Ananda-Rajah defended the tweet and when questioned if she was politicising a suicide she responded, “everything is political”.

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When contacted by 9News, Dr Ananda-Rajah said she knew “to some degree” the circumstances of the person’s death and added, “I became an advocate for healthcare workers because the impacts on us are rooted in politics. It’s naive and wrong to think otherwise.”

The doctor, who has also been critical of the AstraZeneca vaccine, apologised and removed the social media post.

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“I have removed a tweet I made about the tragic loss of a colleague,” she tweeted.

“I regret and apologise for any hurt caused which are motivated by the exhaustion and frustration that I like so many of my healthcare colleagues feel in this difficult time.”

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Dr Ananda-Rajah went on to defend her attacks on the Federal Government over hospital funding.

Health Minister Greg Hunt has called for Mr Albanese to consider whether the candidate should be dropped.

“Those comments were deeply regrettable and utterly inappropriate, I condemn them,” he said of the social media post.

“I hope Mr Albanese can find a way to condemn them and he has to review whether he thinks this person is a fit and proper representative for the Labor party.”

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