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Medical students may be called upon if Omicron worsens

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Wed, 16 Feb 2022, 7:29am
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Medical students may be called upon if Omicron worsens

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 16 Feb 2022, 7:29am

DHBs could offer employment to final year medical students, if Omicron puts too much pressure on our hospitals.  

The number of Covid patients in hospitals have been rising daily, since last week. 

The Resident Doctors Association says they're short across the board for doctors, critically so in emergency departments.  

National secretary Deborah Powell says they've been planning for a surge, which includes sixth-year medical students taking on more responsibility. 

“They won’t be registered medical practitioners but they’re still pretty well informed, they know how to assess a patient and then they can report back to the doctor on duty.” 

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