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Australia launches inquiry into treatment of overseas trained doctors

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6780 (Published 25 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6780
  1. Ray Moynihan
  1. 1Byron Bay, Australia

A parliamentary inquiry in Australia launched this week will examine whether registration processes for overseas trained doctors could be improved, after calls for a public review from the Australian Doctors Trained Overseas Association.

The announcement of an inquiry follows mounting public concern in Australia that new assessment procedures may have been causing unfair deregistrations of some overseas born doctors working in areas of high need.

Those procedures were introduced in the wake of the long-running Jayant Patel case, the foreign trained surgeon recently jailed in Australia after being found guilty of manslaughter.

Under the changed procedures introduced in 2008, the failure to …

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