Report on Australian surgeons

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6979.602b (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:602
  1. Thomas B Hugh
  1. Visiting surgeon St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney 2000, Australia

    EDITOR,—Simon Chapman's glowing account of the Baume inquiry into Australia's surgical workforce is tinged with his political views.1 Professor Baume's central conclusion—that the cause of surgical waiting lists in Australia is a shortage of surgeons, which in turn is due to excessive control over surgical training by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons—has been rejected not only by the college but also by the Australian Medical Association and the specialist surgical societies. His suggestion that, if numbers of surgeons cannot be …

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