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Novel coronavirus: Australian GPs raise concerns about shortage of face masks

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m477 (Published 05 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m477

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  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

General practitioners in Australia have raised concerns over their safety and the safety of their teams because of the lack of protective equipment, including masks, which they said are needed to respond confidently to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Medical equipment suppliers have posted notices on their websites stating that they are no longer accepting orders of supplies such as masks, and GPs have told The BMJ that they are struggling to get hold of the supplies they need. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) said that the recent bushfires had led to …

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