“Private hospital Doctors have not been trained and equipped and it is unreasonable for them to be called on to do this when there is an obvious alternative of using the public hospitals,” he said.
“The obvious lack of individual and team training, and equipment at this time would make any such care unsafe for patients, other staff and the Doctor.
“It also contaminates clean hospitals that do a huge amount of urgent work.”
Under an agreement between the State and Federal governments, COVID-19 positive passengers and crew who have been on cruise ships and docked in WA, are to be treated at private hospitals.
“Doctors cannot be required to participate in unsafe care when there is a safer alternative readily available in public facilities,” Dr Miller said.
“The AMA (WA) will support any doctor who withdraws their service in these circumstances.”
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