3 ways the PPE shortage is affecting doctors

Some are being told to go mask-less to avoid frightening patients; others are repurposing snorkel masks

NSW hospital doctors have spilled the beans on hospital policies that put them at increased risk of infection, during a survey of more than 1000 members conducted by the doctors’ union, ASMOF NSW.

It revealed some have not been given PPE at all, with one doctor commenting they were told a mask “would frighten the patients”.

Doctors were also being asked to go without a mask when assessing patients with fever or respiratory disease but at no or low COVID-19 risk.

“Reasoning for this is that it will deplete stock and cause fear

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