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Queensland’s border closure leaves NSW hospitals in the lurch

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The extent of the crisis in regional NSW hospitals has been revealed, with the Daily Telegraph reporting some have no doctors on-site.

Nurses and paramedics have been forced to pick up the slack for the understaffing and gaps in the roster.

Gilgandra paramedic and Australian Paramedics Association vice president Scott Beaton told Jim Wilson there’s no doctor present on a “semi-regular” basis in his area, but much more frequently in other remote towns.

“Quite often, when we turn up to the hospital we don’t actually know that there’s no doctor.

“Nothing’s changed for the 12 years I’ve been out here.”

One of the reasons for the increased strain is the ongoing Queensland border closure, he explained.

“We have a number of doctors that travel down from Queensland to work at Gilgandra for a week but they can’t get back to Queensland if they want to come down here and provide a service for our community.”

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