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COVID in WA: AMA boss Mark Duncan-Smith slams State Government plan to relax testing at hospitals

WA’s doctors union has slammed the McGowan Government’s plan to relax COVID testing at hospitals as the State’s virus-related hospital cases spiral to critical levels.

Australian Medical Association WA president Mark Duncan-Smith warned that emergency waiting rooms would become “super spreader events” if inbound hospital patients were no longer required to take rapid antigen tests.

“It will make it easier for COVID to spread through the hospitals [and] it will make it easier for for visitors to spread COVID to patients,” he said.

“This doesn’t make any sense to us, especially in the context of hospitals being in continuous code yellow, a record number of new inpatients in hospital [with COVID-19], and a hospital system that is on its knees.”

Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said authorities were considering a “scale down” of the “red alert” processes at WA hospitals in a bid to relieve pressure on staff.

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