Doctors on leave may be recalled to staff struggling hospitals

Victoria has declared an emergency 'code brown' for all metropolitan and six regional hospitals

Doctors and other healthcare staff working in a number of Victorian hospitals may be recalled from leave or reassigned, the state government has announced.

For the first time on Tuesday, the Victorian Government declared a code brown emergency for all its Melbourne hospitals and six in the regions.

As well as staff being recalled or redeployed, the hospitals will be required to postpone or defer care that was not urgent, said acting Minister for Health James Merlino.

The measure would come into effect