Hospitals say in worst-case scenario, ICUs may struggle to meet influx of seriously ill coronavirus patients

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A body representing 80 Australian hospitals has warned health minister Greg Hunt that “unclear and convoluted” information from governments and a dire lack of equipment is hampering emergency preparations for the pandemic, and may force staff in these non-profit hospitals to make “difficult decisions” about which patients they can treat.

All hospitals across the country are readying themselves for the pandemic’s peak, which, in a worst-case-scenario, could leave Australia’s intensive care units swamped and struggling to meet the influx of seriously-ill Covid-19 patients.

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‘Unclear’ information and lack of supplies stalling hospital pandemic plans, Greg Hunt told
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