The federal government is considering easing international border restrictions for COVID-19 to bring thousands of doctors and nurses to strengthen health systems in New South Wales and Victoria.
The plan would see 2000 health workers from abroad, mostly from the UK and Ireland, enter the country The Sydney Morning Herald.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said doctors and nurses who had already applied to come to Australia would be able to circumvent travel restrictions to book flights and work.
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They would be flown over the next six months and used to strengthen suburban and regional hospitals and medical clinics.
British and Irish healthcare workers are at the heart of the plan because their qualifications are recognized here allowing them to start working immediately.
Nine.com.au contacted Mr Hunt’s office for comment.
The Australian College of Nursing and health service employers had previously raised concerns that the strict closure of international borders had isolated Australia from foreign health workers during the pandemic.
Details of the plan have emerged as health systems in Victoria and New South Wales come under pressure from the impact of the Delta outbreak.
In the past two weeks, Ambulance Victoria had reported four of its five busiest days in history.
Victoria’s Triple Zero calling system was also experiencing near-record levels of demand.
From next week, for the first time in Ambulance Victoria’s history, two paramedics will no longer be deployed in each ambulance.
Instead, a paramedic will be joined by a driver from the Australian Defense Force, St John Ambulance Australia, the State Emergency Service or a paramedic student.
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