Talks to improve the movement of patients across the Albury-Wodonga border have taken place, but a dedicated emergency services lane hasn't been announced.
A NSW Health spokeswoman said representatives from NSW Health, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Albury Wodonga Health and Murrumbidgee Local Health District met on Thursday and Friday to develop protocols and mechanisms.
"Noting that people suffering a medical emergency do not require a permit to cross into NSW should they be required to," she said.
NSW Health was responding to concerns about checkpoint delays raised by nine Albury-Wodonga doctors who signed an open letter to the NSW and Victorian governments last week.
The clinicians wanted a dedicated emergency services lane to assist patients and staff as well as exemptions from self-isolation requirements for NSW health care workers entering Victoria for critical work and Border patients who have been treated in Melbourne.
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On Saturday NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard signed the Public Health (Covid-19 Border Control) Amendment (Medical and Hospital Services) Order 2020 to provide for NSW residents returning after accessing medical or hospital services in Victoria.
The NSW Health spokeswoman said health workers were classified as critical workers.
"This allows persons in this category to cross the border to perform work subject to a range of conditions," she said.
"The care and treatment of patients, both in the Victorian and NSW health systems, is of primary importance to both state governments."
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