Hazzard said the government may soon approve community sport, although this would depend on high vaccination rates.
“I think we’re going to give ourselves a few more weeks and see how we’re going to do with the vaccinations, and I’m pretty confident that we can move to that area, but we still need to increase those vaccination rates. “
He also said he sympathizes with the beauty industry given the relatively low five-client cap that will be placed on the industry once the state emerges from lockdown in October. He said more “flexible” arrangements could be worked out for larger premises.
“I am very sympathetic to it. I wish I could convince our Chief Medical Officer of Health and other senior epidemiologists, but that’s where we can come from, but I think the responsibility of all of us is to say ‘go get yourself vaccinated’, ”a- he declared.
However, Labor for Health spokesperson Ryan Park said any relaxation of rules on outdoor activities must include guidance on how people who experience the most difficult conditions in COVID hotspots. of the city in the southwest could benefit.
“Any measure backed by boards of health that would help push for vaccination would have my support,” Park said. “But neither can we have a situation where people are promised freedoms, they do the right thing and get vaccinated and there are no guarantees.”
Mr Park said the government’s promises were at odds with a looming health services crisis anyway as hospitals brace for an expected increase in acute care needs in the coming weeks. “We shouldn’t be getting ahead of ourselves,” Mr. Park said. “We have a long way to go before we can open up. “
A senior doctor in the NSW hospital system, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak in public, said hospitals in Liverpool, Nepean, Westmead and Concord were “just at the breaking point … reality is much darker than they think ”.
“Things are going to get very ugly in October and November,” he said. The Sun-Herald. “We’re going to hit peak hospitalization just as we open things up.”
The doctor said that while the intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity will likely be exceeded, straining the ability of doctors and nurses to treat COVID patients, “many important semi-urgent cases will not be processed “. Cancer patients, for example, could see their treatment delayed for months, with the impacts in terms of shortened life expectancy not appearing for years to come.
However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state has additional surge capacity of up to 2,000 ventilators and 1,550 fully staffed intensive care beds.
Brett Holmes, general secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, said resources were under strain in a variety of areas, including the Sydney West Health Region.
“We are certainly in unfortunate discussions” with some hospitals in that region, Mr Holmes said. Problems include the staff-to-patient ratio for COVID patients, with nurses already being asked to duplicate work and face the added task of maintaining the effectiveness of personal protective equipment.
“You cook in a plastic bag,” he said. “Even drinking water is a major problem.”
“The biggest challenge for everyone is staffing,” Mr. Holmes said, adding that some 600 nurses had already been transferred from private hospitals to help COVID patients.
Increasingly, staff with medical training ranging from paramedics to undergraduates and even nutrition workers were working in vaccination centers to free nurses, he said.
The benefits of vaccination to curb the tide of new intensive care cases were bolstered on Friday when staff at hospitals in Liverpool and Campbelltown learned that 88% of patients had not been vaccinated.
All other patients had received a dose without any fully vaccinated among those in intensive care, according to a document obtained by The Sun-Herald.
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