The AMA backed calls for more aid and issued a warning after the prime minister let go of health ministers and the Qld prime minister.
The Australian Medical Association has backed state and territory governments calling for more funding for public hospitals after the Prime Minister let go of health ministers and the Premier of Queensland.
It was revealed on Tuesday that health ministers from Australia’s eight jurisdictions have called for immediate additional funding from the government in a bid to inject more resources into public hospitals when the country reopens.
“States and territories are under unrelenting pressure due to the current demands of Covid-19 and the pre-existing trend of increased hospital activity,” the ministers said in a letter to federal health minister Greg Hunt.
“We are entering the most critical phase of the Covid-19 pandemic response for our hospital systems.
“All states and territories need immediate additional funding from the Commonwealth to support the current strain on our health systems.”
But in a devastating take-down, Scott Morrison slammed the move, telling the Show today: “We have showered the states with money in the course of Covid.
“We have worked constructively with them. We have supported them time and again with joint funding initiatives. We’ve shared 50/50 the cost of Covid on the health system, we’ve pumped over 30 billion across the country into health support.”
Notably, Queensland has warned that the borders with Victoria and NSW could remain closed until the Commonwealth agrees to a major increase in hospital funding – as the Sunshine State government is concerned about a spike in hospital admissions.
“I am not going to put the people of Queensland at risk until both issues are resolved,” Ms Palaszczuk said Friday. “That means a major injection of federal government funds into the states to ensure that the hospitals can handle the growth (in cases) that will occur.”
According to the AMA, Ms. Palaszczuk has every right to be concerned, with President Dr. Omar Khorshid warned in the coming months that “we have no confidence at all in the condition of our public hospitals”.
“That’s why we’ve been making these calls for several months now and saying we need to get ready, that we can’t magically build more hospitals or get more staff, but there are things that can be done to prepare,” he told. ABC afternoon briefings, warning elective surgery and non-emergency care “will go out the window once we start seeing Covid cases in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory or WA”.
But when asked about Ms. Palaszczuk’s concerns, Morrison straightened up.
“Well, she’ll have to take that up with the people of Queensland. I mean, to go on at this point and say ‘well, you know, I’m going to hold the federal government to pay ransom and try to extort money from them based on Covid’, I just don’t think that this is the right way to go,” said Mr Morrison.
“Of course there are challenges, but as a state government they have to be responsible for their state health system. NSW is getting on with it, as are Victoria and the ACT, so Queensland has to keep going. ”
The AMA warned there is cause for concern and is calling for support as they know the system will not be able to handle it once the Covid borders reopen.
“What the AMA is now asking is that both levels of government recognize that every state and territory has a crisis with its public hospitals,” said Dr. khorshid.
“In every state and territory, public hospitals were overwhelmed before Covid, and of course we are now seeing the impact of Covid in NSW and Victoria, on top of the already very high demand for public hospitals.
“So the other states are concerned, and part of the reason we can’t open up as a country, and even at 80 percent those states might not open, is that they know their hospitals can’t handle it and that’s where they get. addressed.
“Now we can play a debt game, but ultimately we need more money in the industry, we need the long-term investments that have been a reality for decades now, and the AMA is asking governments to work together, rather than blame each other.” of who spends enough and who does not.”
dr. Khorshid blamed the lack of staff, expensive testing, efficiency and problems with outbreaks in hospital systems for the strain on the system, including increased demand for long-term care for patients in need.
“Of course you have staff sick or on leave because they have been exposed to Covid.
“All that stuff actually makes health care more expensive and less efficient… and that’s just the starting point of the extra money that needs to be paid to help our hospitals get through this crisis.”