Melbourne senior doctor quits, warning of staff burnout ahead of key triple zero assessment

a senior Melbourne doctor at The Alfred Hopital has resigned over what he says are “deteriorating circumstances” in Victoria’s healthcare system.

Professor John Wilson warned that lives were at stake if health professionals were constantly pushed beyond their limits.

Professor John Wilson has resigned due to what he says is “deteriorating conditions” in Victoria’s health system. (Nine)

Wilson is the outgoing president of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and spent 30 years with The Alfred.

“I make very clear the position that the system must change now”, he told The age.

We need to protect all our interns in the system.”

A survey by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, published last November, found that 87 percent of members were concerned about staff burnout.

On Wednesday, a code orange was declared in the metropolitan city of Melbourne, with 39 ambulances reported to be dispatched at one point, as overwhelmed emergency departments were unable to accept patients.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews and Health Secretary Martin Foley declined to answer today whether it was appropriate that they misread the assessment of the triple zero call-taker ESTA.

“I’ll have the Attorney General report on the normal administrative processes,” Foley said.

The report, handled by former Police Chief Graham Ashton, investigated the call center after reports of lengthy delays.

It is expected to be released to the public before the end of June.

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