The state budget focused on health was included last week promise up to 7,000 new health workersbut there are concerns that new investments will not be affected any time soon.
“If we move into the winter, when people are not honest about the state of our emergency department, we will see an outflow of staff, and more and more emergency departments will begin to fall apart,” said Dr. Maya, Victorian chair at the Australian College of Emergency Medicine. Qubit.
A number of groups of doctors say more needs to be done to retain existing nurses and doctors, including bonuses that encourage experienced staff to work in regional hospitals, or incentives to stay in emergency medicine.
The reasons for the overcrowding of emergency departments are well known. This is mainly due to the lack of beds in other parts of the hospital.
The shortage of staff in the health care system is again key, and the pandemic has exacerbated this as nurses have been hired for positions that did not previously exist, including in COVID-19 wards. The closure of the border disrupted the supply of international workers.
Meanwhile, some patients spend in the hospital for weeks or months more than they should, waiting for a nursing bed or disability care.
Ambulances are becoming a metaphorical dump for patients who cannot get care in places where it is really needed.
The Australian Medical Association is campaigning (so far unsuccessfully) ahead of the federal election to get major parties to agree to increase Commonwealth funding for public hospitals to a 50-50 division between states, which they say will bring the hospital $ 20 billion over four years.
Evidence that critically ill patients are waiting too long in Victoria’s hospitals suggests that we may need to come up with some awkward short-term solutions as well as long-term reform.
As an example, patients who have broken a bone could turn out to be an orthopedic team, even if their ward was full, instead of staying in the deviation ward for two days, suggested ambulance doctor Dr. Simon Judkins, as well as other parts hospitals. some overload.
“We do not want to compromise on long-term care, but in times of crisis, such decisions actually take the heat away from doctors and ambulances,” he said.
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