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NSW hospitals resort to flying nurses in from overseas as staff are begged to take extra shifts amid Covid crisis

Exclusive: Leaked memo from major hospital lays bare desperate measures as it ‘can’t keep up with exposures and positive staff’

Critically understaffed public hospitals in New South Wales are planning to fly in nurses from overseas, a leaked memo reveals, as managers beg staff to cancel leave and take on extra shifts amid surging Covid cases.

It comes as a state health policy change will allow health workers who are close contacts to be recalled to their jobs, the Guardian understands, before completing their seven-day isolation period, if they are considered essential. More than 2,000 health workers are currently isolating due to Covid exposure.

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