Focus: Sydney: Australian surgeons savaged by cutting report

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 12 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1254
  1. S Chapman

    Against a backdrop of rising health care costs, politically damaging concern about surgical waiting lists, and a media ever ready to frame stories about doctors in terms of medicine-gone-wrong, Porsche driving, and general self interest, the Australian federal health minister for human services and health, Dr Carmen Lawrence, in June this year commissioned a major inquiry into the surgical workforce.

    The report, A Cutting Edge: Australia's Surgical Workforce 1994, was delivered last month by its author, Peter Baume, a gastroenterologist who is professor of community medicine at the University of New South Wales. Baume served for 17 years as a Liberal senator in the Australian federal parliament. As a liberal “wet” he championed welfare and health reforms in both government and opposition before quitting politics when the …

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