NSW hospital email leaks show healthcare system in trouble
Despite NSW Premier that of Dominique Perrottet claims NSW’s hospital system is sufficiently equipped to cope with rising rates of COVID-19, email leaks from two hospitals suggest otherwise (surprise, surprise!).
Perrottet was categorically claiming that the state is in a “strong position” to deal with the number of COVID, which has reached more than 22,500 on New Years Day.
However, frontline workers – the people who actually deal with the impacts of the pandemic – experience things a little differently from Dom and other politicians who continue to question the definition of “close contact.”
As reported by ABC, the staff of St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst received an email from its Executive Director, Dr Kevin Luong on the impact of growing staff shortages.
“We continue to experience critical staff shortages across the organization, particularly in nursing,” wrote Dr Luong.
“As we do our best to get around this problem, we are starting to run out of options to maintain safe nursing levels.”
According to the ABC, in the email, Dr Luong had major concerns about an increase in the emergency department over the holiday season.
He said this “could make us extremely vulnerable and potentially jeopardize patient care.”
“I ask all senior medical staff to urgently review their current inpatients, liaise with their teams, and where possible and safely, make arrangements to discharge your patients as soon as possible. possible.”
A spokesperson for the hospital told the ABC that while facing “staff pressures” it had “introduced a number of measures to ensure the safety of staff and patients.”
Now, according to The Guardian, another Sydney hospital may resort to flights of nurses from overseas to help ease the growing strain on the healthcare system.
An internal email from St George’s Hospital in Kogarah seen by the publication revealed that it “does not appear to be able to keep up with exposures and positive staff.”
“We have started the recruitment process abroad.
“Across the facility, the number of patients in the wards is unprecedented. “
A spokesperson for the South East Sydney Local Health District told PEDESTRIAN.TV that “recruiting nurses and midwives from agencies and recruiting from overseas is a standard procedure in all major public hospitals in NSW “. The health district has also approached a number of nursing agencies to recruit additional staff.
It would appear that despite government claims, the real workers and hospitals on the front lines of COVID are facing increasingly difficult conditions.
Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association spoke to the ABC about the frustration with government within the industry.
“Our members are angry with the government for their continued message that our hospital system is OK. It’s not good.
“Our members do their best, but avoid abuse from patients who expect our hospitals to be able to operate with staff below minimum standards.”
I can’t believe it has to be said, but don’t direct your frustration with the pandemic to the nurses and doctors who are trying to help us all survive it.
Direct it to the people in power who actually have the capacity to deal with a public health crisis.
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