Exclusive: Leaked memo from major hospital lays bare desperate measures as it ‘can’t keep up with exposures and positive staff’
- Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates
- Australia’s Covid surge in four charts: NSW now has one of world’s highest infection rates
- What are the new rules on Covid isolation, close contacts and testing?
- Vaccine rollout tracker; cases and data tracker
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.
Read the original article at The Guardian