Sumary of AMA sounds alarm for future COVID outbreak:
- Credit: AAPShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the LinkThe country’s peak medical group has urged the federal government to prepare for new COVID-19 outbreaks next year despite increasing vaccine rates.
- Australian Medical Association vice-president Dr Chris Moy said the Commonwealth needed to work more closely with states and territories to ensure health systems were ready for future pandemic challenges.
- “It’s really important (the Commonwealth) work with states and territories as close as possible.
- “The comments come after an article by Victoria’s chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton criticised a lack of recovery preparation in the national plan.
- The article urged the government to share with states and territories anticipated health care cost increases because patients have put off getting help for other issues during the past 18 months.
- “It (is) as if we could all soon heave a sigh of relief and simply move on,” Dr Sutton wrote in the Medical Journal of Australia article.
- “Decision makers in health systems will need to spend early 2022 assessing and developing strategies in response to these problems, and this situation will be more confronting if new vaccine-resistant virus variants emerge.