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Rush on non-urgent surgeries at private hospitals ahead of ban

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By Lisa Visentin and Kate Aubusson
March 29, 2020 — 12.00am
Pivate hospitals are rushing through cosmetic surgeries and other non-urgent procedures before a ban is implemented this week, defying warnings from health experts that it would further drain resources needed for the coronavirus pandemic.

The Waratah Private Hospital in Hurstville in Sydney's south allowed cosmetic surgeon Dr Anoop Rastogi to schedule five operations for breast implants and reconstructions on Friday, in a move condemned by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).


Waratah Private Hospital on Saturday.

Waratah Private Hospital on Saturday. CREDIT:DOMINIC LORRIMER

ASPS President Gazi Hussain said some private hospitals were running their operating theatres 24-hours a day ahead of the ban on semi-urgent elective surgery from Wednesday.

“It’s a completely irresponsible act to be doing these surgeries just to get in before the shutdown. That is purely driven by greed,” Professor Hussain said. “The sooner the ban comes in the better."

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