PHYSICIANS ‘FORCED TO FUND OWN PPE’
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.