Chester taken to hospital

Gippsland MHR Darren Chester has undergone tests in Canberra Hospital. Photo: Darren Chester Facebook page.
Gippsland MHR Darren Chester has undergone tests in Canberra Hospital. Photo: Darren Chester Facebook page.

GIPPSLAND MHR Darren Chester has been cleared of a serious medical issue after collapsing in his seat during a federal parliamentary sitting on Wednesday morning.

Mr Chester was in the chamber when he began to feel disoriented, and appeared to wilt during Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Closing the Gap speech.

The 52-year-old was assisted by fellow MPs Katie Allen and Michael Freelander, who are doctors, before being taken to Canberra Hospital for assessment.

Tests cleared Mr Chester of any serious issue, with the condition believed to be fatigue-related.

The medical issues come after a hectic period in which the eastern part of his electorate has been affected by bushfires.

After leaving Parliament House, Mr Chester joked on Twitter that "rumours of my demise have been exaggerated".

He released a statement Wednesday afternoon.

"Today I felt unwell and experienced a brief moment of disorientation while sitting in the House of Representatives," he said.

"I received prompt attention from colleagues with medical backgrounds and house attendants.

"After being examined by a nurse at Parliament House, and on the advice of health professionals, I attended Canberra Hospital for some tests which cleared me of any serious medical issues.

"I've been advised that my temporary condition was likely to have been fatigue-related and I'm able to continue my duties as a local MP and minister from tomorrow.

"I want to express my sincere gratitude to the colleagues from both sides of the chamber who came to my assistance, the parliamentary staff and the outstanding team at Canberra Hospital who treated me.

"My apologies for causing such alarm during the Prime Minister's important speech on Closing the Gap on indigenous disadvantage.

"Thank you to the many people who have contacted my office to express their best wishes."

Ahead of Question Time on Wednesday, the Prime Minister told parliament Mr Chester would be absent for "medical reasons".

"I'm sure members of the house will be pleased to know that the member is well and he is very appreciative of the attention that was provided to him today," Mr Morrison said.

"There was bipartisan medical support provided, Mr Speaker, of which he's most grateful.

"He said: 'Please don't send flowers - have a holiday in east Gippsland'."

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