Listen to The West Live below to hear the full details of the letter and the fears of the doctors.
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MAKE NO MISTAKE THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF WE ARE FACING
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Hospitals call for state border closures to deal with coronavirus fears (COVID-19) Top doctors across WA’s biggest hospitals are sensationally calling for the state to effectively close its borders to protect West Australians from the coronavirus pandemic.
THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW WESTERN AUSTRALIA IS PLACED TO HANDLE THIS CRISIS
Combined Medical Leads Advisory Group has raised concerns about the “extremely limited” availability of testing infrastructure and supplies in WA.
THIS IS A SERIOUS RED FLAG FOR OUR ABILITY TO MEDICALLY RESPOND IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The group, which includes **senior medicos from FSH, RPH and SCGH, also warns there is “limited evidence of effective anti-viral treatment”**, “no effective vaccine” and that rationing is already in place at hospitals.
WA Today Reports:
SENIOR WA DOCTORS SOUND THE ALARM: ‘WE NEED INTERSTATE TRAVEL ISOLATION RESTRICTIONS’
Senior clinicians working on the WA Health response to COVID-19 have called for every mechanism to “flatten the curve” to be initiated in the state.
A document by the Combined Medical Leads Advisory Group, which comprises representatives from the biggest hospitals in WA, says now is the time to act.
The cohort includes Clinical Professor Michaela Lucas, who is the incoming President of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and immunologist at PathWest.
“This is a time-critical recommendation,” the document prepared by Dr Stephen Watts on behalf of the advisory group reads.
“Particular attention should be paid to extending isolation restrictions to include all personal Interstate travel.
“We also recommend restricting any communal gatherings where social distancing cannot be maintained.”
The advisory group notes WA is currently at a different point in the exposure curve compared to the other states.
“Early action taken now will have big gains and provide broader protection,” the document states.
“Undiagnosed cases from the eastern states will add significant burden to the WA population and risks accelerating our curve.
“We have less flexibility in the distribution of critical care resources available and an extended re-supply timeline compared to eastern states.”
Premier Mark McGowan, in responding to the letter, said WA was “not at the point” where it would need to shut its interstate borders.
“People still need to go east for medical appointments, for important support for family members who might be ill, those sorts of matters,” he said.
“There’s lots of considerations and lots of potential impacts from these decisions and I think we need to act calmly and rationally,” he said.
“The agreement we made on Friday at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting is all the states would work calmly and rationally together on these matters, if you have states doing their own thing and creating panic in the community it’s not going to help anyone.
“Obviously these are national decisions to be made by the national cabinet, clearly I’ll raise that issue there, but we’re not at that point.
“It’s a very difficult thing to do, very difficult thing to do, but we’ll talk to the Chief Medical Officer this afternoon.”
The clinician’s group says WA is uniquely placed to restrict the spread more efficiently but with big distances between many of our country towns and communities the ability to care for critically unwell people in country areas will be difficult.
AMA WA president Andrew Miller said doctors were worried about their jobs if they spoke out. He described the document as “an extraordinary step”.
Of the author, he said: “I can be fearless, but this is his job.”
The Advisory Group document says the group recognises that “significant effective and proactive work has already been carried out in preparation for wider spread of this virus within WA”.
It says among the evidence considered before calling for these steps, is that global viral spread is occurring at a rate of 10-fold increase every 16 days, while in some Northern European countries this has been 10-fold in 10 days.
They say the mortality of COVID-19 is extremely high in countries where numbers of severe cases increased rapidly and exceeded critical care capacity.
Overseas growth curves are consistent in exponential pattern without social distancing.
“There is extremely limited availability of testing infrastructure and supplies in WA,” the document reads.
Progression Comparison Chart Western Australia vs All other States
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“Rationing is currently in place. There is limited stock of PPE and hand disinfectant available to allow for ubiquitous protection of health care staff and the community. In many places the supply is at zero.
“There is currently limited evidence of effective anti-viral treatment. In vitro evidence of reduction in viral potency with hydroxychloroquine suggests this agent may be of some benefit. Supplies, distribution and prioritisation of need will be a concern if the drug becomes more-widely prescribed.
“WA Health has an agreed plan to expand critical care capacity, but this remains finite and would be insufficient if uncontrolled/exponential spread was to occur”. Source WA Today
perthnow.com.au and thewest.com.au Report:
Perth Now & The West Australian Reports:
Top doctors across WA’s biggest hospitals are sensationally calling for the state to effectively close its borders to protect West Australians from the coronavirus pandemic.
In a remarkable letter obtained by The West Live to be discussed exclusively on this morning’s show, it can be revealed the Combined Medical Leads Advisory Group has raised concerns about the “extremely limited” availability of testing infrastructure and supplies in WA.
The group, which includes senior medicos from FSH, RPH and SCGH, also warns there is “limited evidence of effective anti-viral treatment”, “no effective vaccine” and that rationing is already in place at hospitals.
It recommends that to “flatten the curve” that attention should be paid to “extending isolation restrictions to all personal interstate travel”.
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Original Source: Date-stamped: 2020 MAR 17 | Author: WA Today | Article Title: Progression Comparison Chart Western Australia vs All other States | Article Link: e.infogram.com
Original Source: Date-stamped: 2020 MAR 17 | Time-stamped: 08:47 am | Author: The West Live | Article Title: WA hospitals call for state border closures to deal with coronavirus fears (COVID-19) | Article Link: thewest.com.au
Original Source: Date-stamped: 2020 MAR 17 | Time-stamped: 08:54 am | Author: The West Live | Article Title: WA hospitals call for state border closures to deal with coronavirus fears (COVID-19)| Article Link: perthnow.com.au
Original Source: Date-stamped: 2020 MAR 17 | Time-stamped: 11:23 am | Author: Daile Cross | Article Title: Senior WA doctors sound the alarm: 'We need interstate travel isolation restrictions | Article Link: watoday.com.aux