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'Astonishing breach of faith': Private hospital company stands down 800 staff

Frantic negotiations are underway to save more hospitals from closing and ensure tens of thousands of beds could be used to treat coronavirus patients.

Private hospital company Healthe Care has already stood down 800 staff and is putting in doubt 8000 beds at 34 private hospitals across Australia after the federal government cancelled elective surgeries in response to the COVID-19 spread.

In a letter to staff, a copy seen by 9News, Healthe Care stated that the availability of private hospitals is at risk. It is now putting the pressure on state and federal governments for financial help.

Chinese billionaire Liu Dian Bo bought Healthe Care for $900 million in 2015. Now, the company, which 9News understands was already facing financial pressure, is putting the heat on federal and state government for help.

"We have received no firm proposals," the company's letter to staff said.

"Regrettably, this has driven us to these immediate actions."

Other private hospitals are threatening to follow suit.

"We need it to be solved by the end of this weekend or hospitals will start to close," Australian Private Hospitals Association Michael Roff told 9News.

Ramsay Health Care has 25,000 beds at 72 private hospitals and is now sending staff on leave.

Healthscope has 4400 beds at 43 hospitals.

States and territories responsible for their hospital systems are now locked in crisis talks to keep doors open. The federal government is involved too.

"The important thing is that we keep beds open, particularly ICU beds," Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack told 9News.

Governments could temporarily acquire beds or pay nurses allowing them to be on hand when they might be needed more than ever.

Health Minister Greg Hunt told 9News sacking nurses during this crisis "is an astonishing breach of faith".

The national cabinet is expected to sign off on a deal regarding private hospital beds tomorrow.

https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-healthe-care-private-hospital-company-stands-down-800-staff/69040a83-b020-4b47-a543-24e2348788d4

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Xi Jinping: China to Expand Pharmaceutical Monopoly, Keep ‘Unfettered Flow of Trade’

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping told fellow G20 leaders in a teleconferenced speech on Thursday that China intends to increase its manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to “keep global financial markets stable.”

Xi demanded that the rest of the world help keep the world’s markets — currently monopolized by the Chinese Communist Party — “stable” amid growing demands that countries reconsider having nearly all their necessary goods sourced from the communist regime. Extensive reporting out of Wuhan, the origin city of the current pandemic, has conclusively determined that communist censorship and repression of individuals seeking to share basic health tips to prevent spreading a contagious disease significantly amplified the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

One study blamed China for as many as 95 percent of the world’s known coronavirus cases.

G20 nations held a video conference in which each of their leaders delivered a speech from their home countries, allowing them to exchange ideas while not traveling and potentially being exposed to the Chinese coronavirus. Xi’s statement, as translated in full by the state-run Global Times propaganda outlet, focused greatly on “cooperation” among member nations to contain the pandemic while emphasizing that China must lead all joint actions.

“We need to better coordinate financial regulation to keep global financial markets stable. We need to jointly keep the global industrial and supply chains stable,” Xi said. “What China will do in this regard is to increase its supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients, daily necessities, and anti-epidemic and other supplies to the international market.”

“China will continue to pursue a proactive fiscal policy and prudent monetary policy,” he continued. “We will continue to advance reform and opening-up, widen market access, improve the business environment, and expand imports and outbound investment to contribute to a stable world economy.”

To benefit what Xi depicted as charitable actions by China, he demanded that “all G20 members take collective actions” that would benefit the Chinese Communist Party’s economy, such as “cutting tariffs, removing barriers, and facilitating the unfettered flow of trade.”

Xi also proposed a “global network of control and treatment,” also led by him, that would grant China full access to all medical data, presumably also including intellectual property related to the manufacture and development of medical technology.

“China has set up its online COVID-19 knowledge center that is open to all countries. It is imperative that countries pool their strengths and speed up research and development of drugs, vaccines and testing capabilities in the hope to achieve early breakthrough to the benefit of all,” Xi asserted.

https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2020/03/27/xi-jinping-china-to-expand-pharmaceutical-monopoly-keep-unfettered-flow-of-trade/

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Coronavirus test result errors may be a large problem

A doctor noticed the problem on Friday after seeing that the health insurance lab noted his patient as testing positive for the virus, while the health ministry noted the result as negative.

The Health Ministry may have botched several coronavirus test results. According to a Ynet report, the ministry told health insurance providers on Friday to stop releasing coronavirus test results, as they may be incorrect.

Some in the ministry expressed concern that the issue of false results is widespread and not merely anecdotal. If this is true, it could mean that some who were treated for coronavirus but did not have the disease, while others with the disease have gone untreated and may have exposed even more people.

Currently, health insurance provider labs run tests and the results are sent to the Health Ministry, which disseminates the information to relevant parties, according to Ynet.

The ministry reported on Saturday that the errors were only found in eight samples from two specific labs out of thousands of tests, but nevertheless they decided to stop releasing the results until the issue is settled.

A doctor noticed the problem on Friday after seeing that the health insurance lab noted his patient as testing positive for the virus, while the health ministry noted the result as negative, according to Ynet.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Health Ministry reported that 3,460 Israelis were infected with the virus, with 50 of them in serious condition.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Coronavirus-test-result-errors-may-be-a-large-problem-622698