AUSTRIA could have more than 700 medical students with severe coronary conditions, including cancer, who are required to be in a clinical rehabilitation program, according to an Australian Medical Association (AMA) report.
The report, released to the ABC today, also found more than 50 per cent of the country’s medical students were at risk of serious cardiac arrest or heart failure if they did not have their C-section.
It comes as more than 3,500 people were declared dead in Queensland, with coronavirus infections up 20 per cent in a week and Queensland’s death toll rising to more than 5,000.
The AMA report has drawn criticism from some medical groups, including the Australian Medical Women’s Association, which said the AMA’s recommendation was “unlikely to result in an immediate reduction in the number of people at risk” of C-sections due to the coronaviruses outbreak.
“We would urge all Queensland health services to work with local hospitals to ensure their patients are cared for properly and safely during this challenging time,” AMA president Fiona White said.
The state’s health minister, David Hehr, said the report “shows Queensland’s hospitals and healthcare systems need to improve to meet the needs of Queenslanders”.
He said the government was committed to ensuring the “safety and wellbeing of our patients, staff and the public” during the coronaval.
But the AMA says Queenslanders should not expect a reduction in hospital admissions to treat severe cardiac arrest and heart failure.
“There is a significant risk that there will be more deaths and longer hospital stays in Queensland due to coronaviral disease than in any other state in Australia,” AMA chief executive Andrew Lloyd from the Victorian branch of the organisation said.
He said it was “incorrect” to compare Queensland’s rates of hospitalisation with other states, where people with cardiac arrest were not considered to be seriously ill.
The Victorian State Government has issued a statement saying it was committed “to delivering a safe, healthy and supportive environment” for Queensland’s patients.
“This is why the Victorian Government is taking action to increase the number and quality of C‑section procedures in hospitals in Queensland,” it said.
“As a first step we are introducing a $1 million funding boost for the state’s C-Section Program, and we are working with health authorities and health professionals to implement these plans.”
The report found that a total of 1,838 Queensland residents have died from coronaviroc in 2016, with the largest number in the Sunshine State.
The Australian Medical Journal reports a total number of coronavovirus deaths in Queensland rose from 972 in 2015 to 1,069 in 2016.
“The state has a huge number of serious coronavievirus-related deaths, and Queenslanders are still at risk,” AMA chairwoman Dr Richard Shepherd said.”[The] numbers are still increasing, particularly in Queensland.”
He said he believed Queenslanders were “unable to manage their own illness”.
“In a large state like Queensland, it’s not just about managing your symptoms, it is managing your environment and how you are cared to, how you interact with your family, how many times you have a meal and how much time you have with your children,” he said.