Australian doctors outraged by proposed overhaul

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 05 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1185
  1. C Zinn

    A controversial report into Australia's acute shortage of surgeons has recommended allowing nurses to give anaesthetics and the immediate training of general practitioners to take over minor surgery. The inquiry, commissioned by the government, also wants report cards to be made available for patients to report on the quality of care of individual surgeons and the right to a free second opinion on whether an operation is needed. It suggests that the Trade Practices Commission should inquire into the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the surgical societies for evidence of anticompetitive behaviour.

    The report, A Cutting Edge: Australia's Surgical …

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