Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has revealed the government’s “one-off” plan to strengthen hospitals as Australia fights the biggest outbreak.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has revealed a plan to send 2,000 doctors and nurses to Australia as the country struggles with the Delta’s ongoing outbreak.
Mr Hunt said those who had already applied to go to Australia could jump over travel restrictions and take on critical jobs across hospitals.
“It’s going to be a one-off boost to provide more support,” Mr. Hunt said The Sydney Morning Herald. “The Commonwealth is committed to this and the states are working constructively with us here.”
The influx of health professionals will largely come from Britain, Ireland and other countries with medical qualifications equivalent to regulators within Australia, meaning they can start working immediately after tapping down.
The plan comes after the International College of Nurses forecast a global shortage of up to 5.9 million nurses, with the UK’s Royal College of Nursing claiming there are more than 39,000 nursing job vacancies in England alone.
Australian College of Nursing chief executive Kylie Ward has revealed that there are more than 12,000 vacancies in nursing positions in Australia, as the sector continues to recruit politicians to bolster pandemic recourses.
The Federal Government’s push for nurses abroad followed the push from health authorities to release former health care professionals into retirement for the pandemic.
The NSW Health clip shows senior health bureaucrats begging for tens of thousands of former doctors, nurses, psychologists and dentists to return to hospitals to help the health system cope with the rise of hospitals due to Covid cases in the state.
Australia’s medical watchdog has now doubled the number of those practicing sub-register pandemics to more than 55,000 health professionals who have retired or stopped working.
The pressure is so high now that the Australian Medical Association (AMA) is calling on NSW to look into the use of unemployed private sector workers due to the state ban on non-urgent operations.
One of those who took off his scrub was Bruce Dowd, 63, who returned to care at a major hospital in Sydney last month after retiring from a 38-year career in intensive care in 2018.
“I’m still pretty young and my faculties are pretty good – I mean, I kind of hurt my knee after coming back full time – so I’m glad I didn’t come in because I think I still have something to offer,” he said. he in Sydney Morning Herald.
“I can do my own little to help and try to give the expertise and knowledge I still have. The nurses working next to the bed are doing an amazing job.”