RANZCOG welcomes return of elective surgery, ready to work with States and Territories

22 April 2020

The peak body for obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health in Australia and New Zealand says it is ready to work with state and territory governments following the Australian Government decision to ease restrictions on elective surgery.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) President Dr Vijay Roach said: “We welcome the statements by the Prime Minister and the Health Minister in the last 24 hours, and acknowledge the framework and principles required to reintroduce some elective procedures, keeping in mind the need to ensure the safety of patients and health workers.
“Cancelling elective surgery was appropriate at the time, but with measures put in place to suppress the virus successful in slowing the growth of cases in Australia, we support the reintroduction of elective surgery in a safe, and carefully considered, way.
“As we navigate uncharted waters, obstetricians and gynaecologists remain committed to the safe delivery of healthcare for the women of Australia and New Zealand.”
RANZCOG’s advice to members in relation to elective surgery is here
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