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Elective surgeries may soon be delayed due to staff shortages, Victorian hospital body says

Exclusive: Four health services already failing to meet nurse-to-patient ratios ahead of expected Covid surge * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing * Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Victoria’s peak public hospital body has warned elective surgeries could be wound back if demand for emergency care spikes during a predicted surge in Covid cases in the coming weeks. The state’s Department of Health confirmed to Guardian Australia that four health services across the state were already not meeting the minimum nurse-to-patient ratios. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...

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