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PHYSI­CIANS ‘FORCED TO FUND OWN PPE’

- Health · Australia · Victoria · New South Wales · John Wilson

ONE in five physi­cians in Aus­tralia’s pub­lic hos­pi­tals are sourc­ing their own per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment as they bat­tle the sec­ond wave of COVID-19.

Al­most half of all doc­tors asked have lim­ited or no ac­cess to N95/P2 face masks, a national sur­vey from the Royal Aus­tralian Col­lege of Physi­cians found.

More than 20 per cent of those sur­veyed said they had lim­ited or no ac­cess to sur­gi­cal masks, sep­a­rate to more op­ti­mal N95 masks.

And al­most 40 per cent of physi­cians had not re­ceived re­cent work­place train­ing in us­ing PPE cor­rectly, cru­cial in pro­tect­ing against the virus.

About 45 per cent of the sur­vey’s re­spon­dents were doc­tors from Vic­to­ria while the sec­ond largest por­tion of re­spon­ders, 25 per cent, came from NSW.

RACP pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor John Wil­son said he was con­cerned about health­care staff on the front­line.

“We have se­ri­ous con­cerns for our mem­bers. While they are putting their lives on the line to tackle this pan­demic gov­ern­ment must do ev­ery­thing it can to pro­vide them with suf­fi­cient pro­tec­tive equip­ment,” Prof Wil­son said.

Deputy chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Nick Coatsworth de­nied there was a short­age of PPE.

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