Skilled immigrants to solve the shortage of hospital staff in Australian states

Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews hopes that skilled immigrants from abroad can help his government tackle the state hospital staffing crisis.

The Prime Minister said the stagnation of Australian skilled migrants over the past two years has contributed to Victoria’s sick health system and called for the elimination of the “massive” untreated portion of skilled migrants. ..

At an event on June 28, Andrews called on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to provide more resources to handle “tens of thousands” of visa applicants at a national ministerial meeting on June 17. Said.

“At my recommendation, he (Anthony Albanese) … has assigned additional staff to move that backlog,” he said.

“It’s very important to health, and nothing is as important as the provinces of Victoria.”

Over the past two years, Victoria’s health care system has been hit by a shortage of doctors, nurses and other medical staff, and one of the most affected places in the state has been rural.

Regarding the Prime Minister’s move, policy consultant Terry Burns, who was an adviser to two federal health ministers under Howard’s administration, said that relying on skilled immigrants is Band-Aid’s solution to the problems that have accumulated over the years. Said that.

“Inadequate planning for productivity reform, resistance of health unions, and the import of skilled talent from abroad helped create this crisis,” he said in a comment received by The Epoch Times.

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A young man talks to a nurse before receiving the Pfizer vaccine in Melbourne, Australia on August 25, 2021. (Darrian Traynor / Getty Images)

Burns talks about the staffing crisis, helping Victorian people increase productivity, worker satisfaction, retention, and hospital health, surgery, and management services to reflect best practices in the 2020s. I suggested that it should be done.

“Redirecting efficiency savings to improve payments for healthcare professionals and support staff has all the benefits,” he said.

“Investing in more out-of-hospital support, such as outpatient care and home hospitals, should also be part of the solution to the hospital crisis.”

Victoria’s Ambulance Service Declares an Emergency

The Prime Minister reported that on the morning of June 28, ambulance Victoria was forced to declare Code Red, the highest level of disaster protocol, because no ambulance was available to help patients. A call for backlog clearance has arrived.

Victorian Ambulance Union General Secretary Danny Hill said the incident warned of the great tensions the system is currently experiencing.

“There is nothing more scary than the truth that at some point last night for the entire population of Melbourne … there was no ambulance available to respond to an emergency at that particular point in time,” he said. Report by Herald Sun..

“There are still major problems with shift filling, and eventually fewer ambulances will be available.”

When the ambulance service returned to normal after a few hours, the emergency was finally lifted.

This is the fifth time a Victorian ambulance has declared Code Red this year, and the latest code is due to the collapse of the dispatch system on May 27.

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Alfred Bui is a Melbourne-based Australian reporter with a focus on local and business news. He is a former small business owner and holds two master’s degrees in business and business law. Contact him at [email protected]

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